It all started with a tweet from the Centers for Disease Control asking a question: "Ticks can be the size of a poppy, can you see all 5 ticks on this photo?"
Last week's attached images showed a poppy seed muffin, the model of American breakfast pastries, with as many as five blood-sucking arachnids. It is part of a CDC effort to warn Americans against tick-borne infections, such as Lyme disease, which the agency says are on the rise.
May begins the three-month period that more people get tick bites than anyone in the CDC, the United States and a 2016 study found that ticks that carry Lyme disease in almost half of all US states occur. While about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported annually, the CDC suggests that the actual number of diagnosed cases may be ten times higher ̵
If Lyme disease is not treated, it can cause severe arthritis or cause neurological or cardiac problems. 19659005] Ticks can be the size of a poppy. Can you see all 5 ticks in this photo? Learn how to prevent tick bites. https://t.co/ATtrY7YFoS pic.twitter.com/gBm4tw2qmf
– CDC (@CDCgov) May 4, 2018
However, the tick-laden muffin of the CDC made a completely different impression Problem for Twitter users who associate the delicious points on poppy seed muffins forever with disease-related ticks. The answers ranged from "I'll never be able to eat poppy seeds again" to "Potlucks in the CDC must be a shout" and "Can not get tick bites if you bite them".
The answers, many of them revolted, continued – about 900 altogether – and the CDC issued a winking apology on Monday : "Sorry, we did it" ticks Take one from you! Do not let a tick bite ruin the summer. "
But if censoring censorship was the target of the CDC, one can say for sure that the agency does not regret the tweet.
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