Invasive plant can cause severe burns, blindness

Giant hogweed has previously been found in Michigan, Illinois, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington.

WARNING: The photos posted at bottom of this story depicting burns from giant hogweed are graphic in nature.

Giant Hogweed plant found in Virgina. It can grow up to 14 feet tall, with thick leaves stretching two to five feet across and large clusters of white flowers gracing the top of the plant in an umbrella pattern.

The sap of this plant contains toxic chemicals known as photosensitising furanocoumarins.

The latest sighting of this GIANT HOGWEED found in Clarke County, Virginia. If the sap comes in contact with eyes, the Furocoumarins can cause temporary and potentially permanent blindness.

While the situation in Virginia seems to be under control, hogweed, which is native to Asia and was introduced to the 1917, can be found in quite a few East Coast states - it's especially prevalent in NY - as well as a handful of others across the country.

Metzgar recently helped identify a patch of giant hogweed in Berryville, Va. According to the Isle of Wight County Facebook page, there have also been reported sightings in the Staunton area and Middlesex County. You could also soak a compress in a mixture of aluminum acetate, which is available at most pharmacies, if you think you've come into contact with the hogweed.

"In brief, the sap prevents your skin from protecting itself from sunlight, which leads to a very bad sunburn", according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Seek advice from professional plant control specialists about management options. "If you get sap on your clothes, carefully remove the clothing to avoid skin and eye contact and wash separately from other clothing with warm water and detergent". If you must touch giant hogweed, wear disposable rubber gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers.

In the rare event you might spot this plant, report it to your local extension agent or the Virginia Department of Agriculture.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)

Denmark held to a draw against Australia
Mile Jedinak converted the resulting penalty and a yellow card for Poulsen means he will miss Denmark's next match. If you go back two years and look at the matches there, then that was the case there as well.

Koko the Gorilla Dies at 46
When "Good Will Hunting" actor Williams committed suicide in 2014, Koko was said to have been particularly upset. Some 10 years younger than Koko , Ndume was selected to be her mate but a relationship never developed.

WWE Announces New United Kingdom Brand 'NXT UK'
While it is a good opportunity for a plethora of British and Irish wrestlers, I have my doubts about the prospect of NXT UK . In 2017, the WWE held a giant tournament to crown their first UK Champion - a tournament won by Tyler Bate .

North Korean missile site Trump says Kim pledged to destroy identified
The officials aren't authorized to discuss the preparations before an official announcement and requested anonymity. About 7,700 U.S. military personnel remain unaccounted from the 1950-1953 Korean War, U.S. military data show.

Morocco Caused Portugal a Lot of Trouble: Coach Santos
The use of VAR at this World Cup was always going to lead to three things: controversy, delays and players gesturing at officials. Ronaldo carried on his appeal after the referee waved played on and pleaded to the officials to send the decision up to VAR.

Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years
How large Mars appears in the sky to people on Earth depends on where the two neighboring planets are in their elliptical journey. Planetary opposition occurs whenever a planet sits directly opposite the sun while reaching its closest orbital point to Earth.

Merkel gets 2-week deadline in German migrant row
The CSU is more conservative than Merkel's CDU and its paramount aim is to maintain its dominance in Bavaria. Mrs Merkel is in the middle of a serious domestic row after defending her country's immigration policy.

England's Starting XI? Gareth Southgate's Notes In Training Revealed
Loftus-Cheek impressed and is in line to start for the Three Lions against Panama on Sunday if Alli can not prove his fitness. Sterling's club-mate, Vincent Kompany, hopes to declare himself fit for England's game against Belgium next Thursday.

Palestinian martyred near Gaza-Israel security fence
The IDF said one rocket fired into Gaza struck a auto belonging to a group that launched the balloons into Israel. Around two million people live in Gaza, a lot of them the descendants of refugees from what is now Israel.

Prince Louis to be christened at Chapel Royal, Kensington Palace reveals
His brother Prince George was christened at a similar time, and was baptised about 13 weeks after he was born on October 23, 2013. He was on his best behaviour, blowing bubbles beforehand and being quiet and peaceful afterwards.

US House of Representatives to vote on immigration bill
It also instructs the Defense Department to provide or construct facilities to house the families. Experts have said such separation from parents can cause permanent emotional damage.

Chelsea man starts for France in Peru showdown
We are obviously not going to be able to control France all the time but we want to develop our style of play. France , among the tournament favourites, opened with a sluggish 2-1 win over Australia.

Microsoft Rebrands MSN News As Microsoft News, Launches New Mobile Apps
Even though Microsoft is marketing the new apps as a complete redesign, it's still identical to the MSN News apps. The Microsoft News app has been completely redesigned into a lightning fast, modern and lovely experience.

Pete Davidson confirms engagement to Ariana Grande during chat with Jimmy Fallon
When asked how he's felt since popping the question, Davidson responded, "It's f-ing lit, Jimmy". The couple reportedly began dating in May after Grande's breakup with Mac Miller.

Sophie Gradon dead: Love Island star's romances show zest for life
The statement continued, "There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death". She tweeted: "You were such an intricate, creative, intelligent soul". "You helped us through so much".

More News

More News