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GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — The Geauga County Health District have issued an alert about a plant that has toxic effects on humans.
According to the district’s website, officials have recently received several phone calls regarding reports of the Giant Hogweed plant found in different parts of Geauga County.
The reports indicated the plant by bridges near Geauga Lake in Bainbridge Township.
Officials say if the plant starts to spread, residents must be aware of how to identify it and prevent any exposure to humans.
According to the Ohio State University Extension, the plant can spread quickly if it’s not managed, and likes rich, moist soil near ditches, streams and fence and tree lines.
The biggest issue is the effect of the plant’s sap on humans. It can cause the skin to be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and then swell and blister. It could cause permanent scarring, and contact with eyes can also cause temporary or permanent blindness.
The plant can grow to a height of 15 feet. Protective clothing and eye wear should be worn when working around the plant, according to OSU Extension.
For a fact sheet on Giant Hogweed, click here.
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