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A primary school in Bolton has issued a warning after one of its pupils suffered horrific burns after coming into contact with ‘Britain’s most dangerous factory’.

The four-year-old girl was playing at Longsight Park in the Harwood area when she touched the poisonous giant hogweed plant, which caused severe blisters on her hand and fingers.

The child then had to be hospitalized following his injuries.

The incident has since prompted Hardy Mill Primary School to issue a warning to parents about the plant, saying in a statement: ‘One of our children unfortunately came into contact with this plant during the midday break. -session and ended up in the hospital with second degree burns.

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“Please look for this plant in your garden and when you go out with your children.

“We have been informed that this plant is definitely growing in Longsight Park. It would be helpful to show your children what this plant looks like so they can avoid coming into contact with it.

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Giant hogweeds are recognizable by their long stems bearing large umbrellas of white flowers and appear completely harmless.

The weed is known to grow up to 20 feet tall, with each giant hogweed plant having the ability to spread to cover a range of around two meters, making it difficult to avoid in green spaces.

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Despite its pleasing aesthetic, however, the plant harbors a toxin-containing sap that causes horrible blistering burns, even on gentle contact.

The effect of the sap is often not immediate, with blistering usually occurring within twenty-four to forty-eight hours after exposure.

Burns can last for several months and leave the skin irritated, painful and overly sensitive to UV rays for many years.

And if the plant comes into contact with the eyes, it can cause vision problems and, in severe cases, partial blindness.

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