Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

CDC apologizes for ruining your breakfast

CDC apologizes for ruining your breakfast

It's part of a CDC effort to warn Americans of tick-borne infections such as Lyme disease that the agency said are on the rise.

In total, 99 percent of all reported tick-borne diseases are caused by the blacklegged tick, the state Department of Health says. The link at the end of the tweet directs people to a fact sheet on the CDC's website that details the most effective ways to prevent getting bitten by a tick.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tweeted a photo of a poppy seed muffin that had five ticks placed on top of it.

Authorities are warning Vermonters that a decline in the tick population this year in Vermont won't last. If you are one of the unlucky ones to find a tick on your body - check it's not just a poppy seed - the NHS suggests using fine-tipped tweezers to pull it off of your skin. Wear light-colored trousers and long sleeves.

Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Wash hands and bite area with soap and water.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue or a rash soon after a tick bite.

Lyme disease infected ticks have been identified in 34 of Michigan's 83 counties.

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