PitcherPoppyseed muffin lovers throughout the United States cringed this month after seeing two images tweeted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first photo depicts a wonderfully golden poppyseed muffin speckled with the black seeds – or so it seems. But after squinting our eyes and pulling our telephones closer to our faces – our stomachs turned. There! On the second photograph – a closer picture – we noticed the tiny, blacked-legged ticks, (known as nymph ticks) – atop our favorite poppyseed muffins. Comments of all types, from the backyard-variety jokester to critics and advocacy groups, got here flooding in. Lyme illness, transmitted by tick bites, is without doubt one of the quickest growing infectious diseases in the United States. Preventing Lyme disease and different tick-borne illnesses has been on America’s radar for some time, but we regularly think of ticks as those simply seen, half dime-sized bugs that burrow into our skin – or our dogs’.

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