“Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?” the caption asks.
But the CDC’s use of muffin poppyseeds to show the tiny size of the critters caused consternation online and sent the post viral:
Ugh I will never be able to eat poppyseed again
— Matthew Martin (@hyperplanes) May 4, 2018
Potlucks at the CDC must be a hoot.
— Sage Blackwood ❄ (@urwalder) May 5, 2018
WHO AT THE CDC WAS TRAUMATIZED BY MUFFINS AS A CHILD?
— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs) May 4, 2018
The CDC remained unrepentant, however, and on Monday shared this lighthearted apology:
The CDC’s tweets were an imaginative way to bring attention to the serious issue of tick, flea and mosquito bites. Earlier this month, the agency revealed the number of Americans contracting diseases from bites had more than tripled from 27,388 cases in 2004 to 96,075 in 2016.