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Date published: 7th May 2018

Following reports of Brown-tail moth caterpillars being spotted on the north Norfolk coast, including at Cromer and Bacton, North Norfolk District Council is advising people to avoid contact with the larvae.

The caterpillars’ hairs can break off as barbs, causing rashes, skin irritation, headaches and sometimes breathing difficulties.

If there is any accidental contact, members of the public are advised to wash their hands in soapy water and clean their eyes with eyewash, and to seek medical advice if the symptoms are severe or persistent.

Last updated: 8th May 2018