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How to Limit Risk from Toxic Browntail Moth Hairs

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Maine Forest Service (MFS), and 211 Maine remind residents and visitors that browntail moth caterpillars are emerging from their winter webs in trees. These caterpillars shed tiny hairs that can cause a skin reaction like poison ivy. When the hairs become airborne, they may cause trouble breathing if inhaled.