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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Take a Look at The White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar: If You See This Caterpillar, Do Not Touch

There's a dangerous bug making its way across the border and it's causing widespread fear among residents and parents. The White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar masks itself in an adorable black and white ball of fluff - but looks are definitely deceiving when it comes to these insects.

As soon as a human touches the fine hairs on the caterpillar, a horribly uncomfortable rash will appear almost instantaneously. That's because the black "spine" of the bug is packed full of venom that especially affects human skin.

Since this bug's natural home is in Canada, Dr. Joseph Betz told WPXI News that the cases are puzzling medical professionals up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

"There have been many reported cases. None of them fatal, but all strange, new and concerning."

Even Dr. Betz's son had a dangerous encounter with the fluffy caterpillar. Within minutes of picking it up, the toddler was covered in the painful, telltale rash!

Fortunately, there is some good news through all of the terror and medical problems. The White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar will soon be forming its cocoon and that means you and your children will be out of harm's way. If you do happen to be affected by the bug before then, a combination of lotion and ice will generally help the rash heal and will take away the discomfort.

Learn even more about this dangerous critter here:





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