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Can you spot the 5 ticks on this CDC photo of a poppy seed muffin?


Coming in from the field in many parts of the country, a thorough tick check is a priority. These little buggers are the disease-carrying scourge of all of us who work and play outdoors. This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to help raise awareness at how difficult it can be to spot ticks.

Let’s call it the poppy-seed-muffin test.

“Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed,” the CDC tweeted. “Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?”

It’s pretty tough to see the ticks in the photo on the left, but you can easily see them in the zoomed-in-photo on the right. Of course, now your taste-buds for a poppy seed muffin are forever ruined. (Sorry about that.)

Some folks on Twitter were so upset by the tweet, they swore off their favorite breakfast treat for life: 

“Poppy seeds will never crunch quite the same,” one user responded.

A few days later, the CDC was back on Twitter again, this time to “apologize” for their message:

We often hear about Lyme disease in the news, but if you want to learn more about some of the misery ticks can cause, read this article by an AGDAILY staffer and how a bite changed his life forever.

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