CDC: Tick-Bite Prevention, Education with Poppy Seeds


Instead, they ended up unintentionally ruining some of their followers' appetites. It was meant to be educational, to warn people that tick-borne illnesses like Lyme are actually on the rise.

The organization posted a photo of a poppy seed muffin on May 4, replacing some of the seeds with five, tiny ticks.

Now, the most contentious matter doing the rounds on the social media platform revolves around a humble poppy seed muffin. "Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?"

"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed", the tweet reads.

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.

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Some followers had a better sense of humor about the tweet. (@jayc4life) May 4, 2018I suspect there's a key-lyme joke here somewhere!

But the CDC's tick-laden muffin presented an entirely distinct problem for Twitter users, left to forever associate the delicious dots on poppyseed muffins with disease-ridden ticks.

"Sorry we ticked some of you off!"

"During and after treatment, I emphasize the importance of tick bite prevention", says Dr. Chesney.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.