CDC ticks off internet with muffin picture

CDC ticks off internet with muffin picture

If not treated, Lyme disease can produce severe arthritis or cause neurological or cardiac problems.

According to one study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed every year in the United States.

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. It was meant to be educational, to warn people that tick-borne illnesses like Lyme are actually on the rise.

In the post, they stated that ticks can be the size of a poppy seed and asked the public to spot the ticks on the muffin.

Other people felt like the CDC's message wasn't very clear.

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

While the CDC's original tweet seemed to "tick off" many people on the internet - and even ruined poppy seed muffins forever for some of them - it did succeed in getting a lot of attention.

The tweet went viral with over 1,900 retweets.

The CDC did not immediately reply to INSIDER's request for comment.

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