Poisonous giant hogweed plants, which can cause rashes, swelling, spotted in Geauga County

CHARDON, Ohio - A poisonous plant has been spotted in Geauga County, the Health District announced.

The giant hogweed, a plant that can cause blistering, swelling, sensitivity to UV rays, scarring and even permanent blindness if eyes are exposed has been spotted in Bainbridge Township near the bridges by Geauga Lake.

The health district warns that exposure could cause severe pain and require time off from work.

The Ohio State University Extension Office lists information about the plant, including how to eradicate it safely.

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