Tick-borne disease on the rise in Vermont

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is apologizing for their viral Twitter post involving a poppy seed muffin and ticks.

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

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick that is well-established in the state's western Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

Now, the most contentious matter doing the rounds on the social media platform revolves around a humble poppy seed muffin.

"Can you spot all five ticks in this photo?" If you determine that you've been bitten by one, you'll want to put it in a plastic bag and show it to your doctor, who may prescribe you an antibiotic.

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Many people wondered why the CDC chose to warn people about tick bites by putting them on top of a muffin.

Use tweezers to grab the tick up close to skin.

The CDC replied with a tongue-in-cheek apology a few days later, saying "Sorry we ticked some of you off".

"During and after treatment, I emphasize the importance of tick bite prevention", says Dr. Chesney. At the time of this post, the CDC's first tweet received almost 1,800 retweets and 2,500 likes.

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