Londoners warned of health threat from toxic caterpillars

LONDON — Residents in London are being told to beware the white-haired caterpillars that can cause rashes, vomiting and asthma attacks.

The British Forestry Commission says caterpillars that become oak processionary moths have been spotted in and around the British capital since mid-April.

The caterpillars are covered in thousands of hairs containing the protein thaumetopoein, which can cause skin rashes, sore throats, breathing difficulties and eye problems.

People are being warned not to touch the creatures, which are most often found in oak trees — and to keep pets away from them, too.

Officials are treating oak trees with pesticide to try and eliminate the moths, which were accidentally introduced to Britain in 2005 on plants imported from continental Europe.

The Observer newspaper said Sunday that authorities will also set traps for the caterpillars.

You may also interested in

Epic 'Planet Earth II' offers creatures'-eye view...

Feb 16, 2017

From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC's epic nature series "Planet Earth II" takes viewers...

UK judge says Tunisia police 'shambolic' during...

Feb 28, 2017

The Tunisian police response to a deadly gun attack on a popular beach resort was "at best...

Global stocks weighed down by crude oil slump

Mar 9, 2017

World stock markets fell Thursday after news of a big buildup in U.S. oil stockpiles depressed...

The Latest: 29,000 Chinese institutions hit by...

May 15, 2017

Chinese state media say more than 29,000 institutions across China have been infected by the global...

Sweden drops case but WikiLeaks' Assange is not...

May 19, 2017

Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange,...

Sign up now!

About Us

Future Science Today reports on captivating developments in science, medicine, technology, and the world around us.

Contact us: sales[at]futuresciencetoday.com