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Pictures of a Victim
of a Bite From the Brown Recluse Spider-Unproven!
Summary of the eRumor: This eRumor includes a series
of pictures of what is says is the hand of a man who was bitten by a
brown recluse spider. It also claims that the brown recluse is the
most dangerous spider in the U.S.
The Truth: We've not found the source of
these particular pictures, but they are consistent with what other
victims claim to have experienced from having been bitten by a brown
recluse spider. CLICK
HERE for a site that has
hundreds of stories from, and pictures of, alleged brown reclusive
Brown recluse spiders are primarily found in the Southern United States
and portions of the Midwest. According to the Department of
Entomology at the University of California at Riverside, bites from the
brown recluse spider are relatively rare and most people who are bitten
do not develop nasty symptoms.
The pictures of reported spider bites commonly show a "slow healing
necrotic lesion." Experts warn, however, that not every case of
gruesome pictures may be from a reclusive spider bite. There has been a
lot of publicity, especially on the Internet, about the effects of the
bite of the brown reclusive spider but doctors caution that an injury
should not be classed as a spider bite unless the spider has been seen
doing the biting. In Canada, for example, there have been several
cases reported of brown reclusive spider bites even though there are no
brown reclusive spiders that live that far north. Robert G. Bennett and
Richard S.Vetter are professional entomologists. In an article in
Canadian Family Physician magazine in August, 2004, they said that 80
percent of spider-bite diagnoses are in error and that when someone gets
a necrotic lesion, it is easy to think it might be from a spider.
In reality, according the article, many of the wounds are from other
kinds of infections and could even be the result of cancer, which would
be important to diagnose correctly.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
The email and pictures below show what can happen from
a Brown Recluse spider bite. This happened to a Campers On Mission
friend of ours from Angleton, TX. He was doing volunteer work at Texas
Baptist Encampment in Palacios, TX in early January when this happened.
He seems to be doing well at this time. So, this is something you need
to be aware of...
This guy was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider.
The following illustrates the progression of a brown recluse spider
The affected skin actually dies on his body.
Some of the pictures towards the end are pretty nasty, (removed by
but take a look at the last one -- it is a picture of the spider itself.
The Brown Recluse Spider is the most
dangerous spider that we have here in the USA.
A person can die from it's bite.
We all should know what the spider looks like.
Send this around to people you love.
As the weather gets warmer, people will be digging around,
doing yard work, spring cleaning, and sometimes in their attics.
The Dangerous Brown Recluse Spider
Please be careful.
Spider bites are dangerous and can have permanent and highly negative
They like the darkness and tend to live in storage sheds or attics or
other areas that might not be frequented by people or light. If you have a need to be in your attic, go up there
and turn on a light and leave it on for about 30 minutes before you go
in to do your work.
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