Invasive plant found in Virginia can cause severe burns, blindness

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Officials in Virginia are warning people to be on the lookout after an invasive plant was found in the Northern part of the state that can cause third-degree burns and blindness.

According to a Facebook post by Virginia Tech Massey Herbarium, more than 30 Hogweed plants were found in Clarke County, Virginia on Tuesday. 

Experts said the plant has a toxic sap that can cause severe health hazards.  If the sap gets into the eye, it can even lead to blindness.  Right now, environmental officials in Virginia say there has been one confirmed case, but they are warning people on other parts of the state to stay alert for potential sightings.

If you find a Hogweed plant,  do not use a weed-whacker because the plant’s sap can quickly spread.  Instead, you should very carefully pull the plant out by its roots or use herbicides to kill the plant. 

Click here for tips on how to easily identify a Hogweed. 

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