Can you spot the ticks? Poppy seed muffin laced with tiny bugs is grossing everyone out

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WATCH: 5 tick-borne diseases – May 4, 2018

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention‘s attempt at raising awareness about Lyme disease is stirring up some strong feelings online.

U.S. health officials posted a photo of a seemingly normal poppy seed muffin on Twitter — but then revealed that it was actually laced with ticks.

“Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed,” the tweet read. “Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?”

A closeup shot of the muffin showed that some of the poppy seeds were actually ticks.

Here they are: 

The CDC is warning people how difficult it can be to spot ticks. CDC/Global News

READ MORE: Experts predict more Lyme disease in Canada in 2018

Social media users blasted the CDC for its very gross way of raising awareness about ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.

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The government organization responded to horrified social media users, writing: “Sorry we ticked some of you off! Don’t let a tick bite ruin your summer.”

It then prompted U.S. residents to learn more about tick season.

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Tick season is also getting started in Canada and is expected to be worse this year than in previous years.

“What we’re seeing is definitely a range expansion. This is not a problem that’s getting smaller, it’s tending to get larger in terms of the range of the tick,” said Robbin Lindsay, a research scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada who specializes in ticks.

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Around 20 per cent of ticks carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Lindsay explained.

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This disease causes symptoms including fever, a rash, and fatigue. Left untreated, it can cause facial paralysis and heart and neurological disorders.

There were 992 cases across Canada in 2016.

— With files from Global News reporter Leslie Young

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