CDC 'Ticks' Off Twitter With Photo Of Poppyseed Muffin With Ticks

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Deer ticks carry Lyme disease and other illnesses.

In total, 99 percent of all reported tick-borne diseases are caused by the blacklegged tick, the state Department of Health says.

It all started with a tweet from the Centers for Disease Control posing a question: "Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed". The tweet also included a link to their website to learn about preventing tick bites.

Authorities warn that a decline in the tick population this year in Vermont won't last.

Use an EPA-registered tick repellent on skin. Wear light-colored trousers and long sleeves.

Twitter users were rightly terrified by the hypothetical scenario of a delicious pastry that could also inflict a serious neurological disease, and hundreds of people promptly made their feelings known to the CDC.

Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard.

To remove a tick, grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible.

Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms.

Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you. Put clothing into the dryer for 10 minutes on high heat.

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