CDC Ruins Appetites with Unsettling Tick Warning

One way to get people’s attention is to gross them out.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a photo on Facebook Wednesday (May 29th) that appeared to be a poppy seed muffin but warned that if you look closer you’d spot five hidden ticks.

The point was to warn people that ticks can be as tiny as a poppy seed as we head into tick season, but social media users were not amused.

One person wrote, “My love for lemon poppy seed muffins has suddenly vanished. Thanks, CDC.” Another wrote, “My summer bod thanks the CDC for the photo that started it all.” The CDC coyly apologized for the image, writing, “Sorry we ticked some of you off!”