CDC apologizes for 'gross' muffin post about ticks

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"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed".

Unfortunately, many people seem to have missed the CDC's larger message because they were too disturbed by the fact that their favorite muffin was just ruined.

"With the expansion of blacklegged ticks into new areas in MI, the best way to protect against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites", said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive.

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Others pointed out that this was a good way to get people's attention and raise awareness of an important issue.

"Can you spot all five ticks in this photo?"

Unfortunately, few people were able to see past the stark realisation that ticks and poppy seeds were such kindred spirits to take home any serious tokens of medical advice.

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According to the CDC, Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases and in 2016, Vermont had the second highest rate of reported Lyme disease cases in the U.S.

They also suggest investing in a repellant, particularly in warmer months when ticks are most active.

Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin.

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Symptoms may include fever, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue or a rash soon after a tick bite.

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