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Virginia teen landscaper suffers third degree burns from invasive hogweed plant

Posted: 8:20 AM, Jul 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-16 13:32:33Z

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (AP) --  A teenager is recovering after being badly burned by a dangerous plant in Richmond, Virginia. 

17-year-old Alex Childress encountered the giant hogweed plant Tuesday while working a summer landscaping job. The invasive plant contains a dangerous sap that can cause burns, blisters and even blindness. 

Childress was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released Thursday for third-degree burns on his face and arms. 

Hogweed plants can grow up to 15 feet tall and have been spotted in states across the country -- including Wisconsin.

For more information on Hogweed plant spottings in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin DNR's website.