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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Caterpillars – Look But Don’t Touch

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The city of Santee today (June 30) posted warnings at Town Center Community Park and Mast Park urging the public to avoid contact with caterpillars.

Officials took this action after two parents in as many weeks reported that their children had experienced adverse physical reactions after touching caterpillars.

The incident that occurred today involved a toddler who experienced a toxic reaction that included a rash and difficulty breathing. The symptoms were severe enough that the parent took the child to the hospital.

Park officials aren’t sure which specific types or colors of caterpillars may be responsible for the toxic reactions, so they are urging the public to avoid touching all species. 

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