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Giant hogweed, the plant that can burn and blind you, spreads to new state

from Prevention

In case we weren't all worried enough about tick-borne diseases, here's another outdoor danger to avoid this summer: giant hogweed. The toxic plant, which causes serious skin inflammation, is generally found in New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the Pacific Northwest, but it's putting down roots in a new state: Virginia. Sightings have been reported in multiple parts of the state, including Wight, Middlesex, Clarke, and Shenandoah counties, reports USA Today. At least 30 plants were discovered in Clarke County alone, according to Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium on Twitter. more


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