From: Kim K.
Sent: June 23, 2013
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Giant Hogweed Plant May Cause Blindness
skin with soap and water and keep out of the sunlight for 48 hours, since the effects develop over several days. As Nature notes: "When the sunlight and the sap mix, chemicals from the sap, called furocoumarins, cause a phototoxic reaction to take place called phytophotodermatitis," which causes blistering and rashes on the skin. If someone then touches his or her eyes, the sap has the potential to cause permanent blindness. Though the giant hogweed is native to the Caucasus Mountains and southwest Asia, the invasive plant was introduced to New York around 1917. (Source)