Giant HogWeed Causes blindness running rabid in NY

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Giant HogWeed Causes blindness running rabid in NY

Post by pj_01 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:41 am

I thought they had this taken care of when I first heard about it 5 years ago. the plant causes blindness. Apparently a number of years ago somebody thought this was a pretty looking plant and brought it to our area where they planted it in their garden where it took off from there and has spread across the state.

the state asks you to call in and send pictures of the area as well as give a detailed description on how to find it. here is the phone number so you dont have to go looking any further 845-256-3111.

State is taking care of the problem as follows. for areas that have 400 or less plants they are simply going in and chopping the plant down and destroying the root system. if the area is greater then 400 they are treating the area with poisions to kill the plant and all root systems. this stuff is as bad if not worse then poison ivy or poison oak. If it comes into contact with the skin it will cause reactions and burns in about 15 minutes. it can prevent the affected area from producing the oils your skin makes on its own to protect you from the sun.

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more details available here http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39809.html

and herehttp://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/07/0 ... blindness/

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