London Olympics: Newest worries are not the terrorist attacks threats but ‘exotic caterpillars’
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London Olympics: Newest worries are not the terrorist attacks threats but ‘exotic caterpillars’

London : United Kingdom | May 01, 2012 at 9:39 PM PDT
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According to reports, the experts in Britain have very recently raised fears over the spread of a particular kind of insects. They believe that potentially deadly exotic caterpillars are likely to make spectators attending the big event (London Olympics); suffer lethal asthma attacks.

It was in the year 2006 when, for the first time these caterpillars appeared in Britain, observed on a batch of oak trees. These particular trees were imported from Holland, revealed the media reports on Tuesday, 1 May. According to ‘The Mail,’ in case oak trees in East London area suffer an infestation; the same could affect London Olympics Games spectators adversely.

Experts feared so because millions of spectators coming to attend the games; could easily come into contact with these dangerous insects. Meanwhile, it is not necessary for the spectators to come into direct contact; these tiny creatures can cause potential harm through another way. There are some 63,000 noxious rather venomous hairs on each caterpillar’s body and wind can easily blow them off and spread to a long range. And if it happens; the hairs can cause fever, dizziness, vomiting and very painful skin rashes etc.

Experts have further explained that eradicating these caterpillars completely; is something almost impossible. They could be slowed down but their number will always keep on increasing, believe the experts.

NadeemIftekhar is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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