CDC Campaign Warning Of Tick Bites Trigger Social Media Frenzy

"With the expansion of blacklegged ticks into new areas in MI, the best way to protect against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites", said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. Rather than scaremongering, the CDC's tweet was meant to educate people about the prevention of tick bites, making the point that ticks can be tricky to spot... particularly if they're crawling around in your breakfast.

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

Twitter users called the tweet gross and disgusting. 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.

It seems that the objective of the CDC's tweet was to raise awareness of tick season and the dangers of tick bites.

To remove a tick, grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible. Don't let a tick bite ruin your summer.

In the post, they stated that ticks can be the size of a poppy seed and asked the public to spot the ticks on the muffin.

The tweet went viral with over 1,900 retweets.

  • Santos West