Hobo Spider Bite Makes Hole in Victim’s Leg


Hobo Spider Bites Human
courtesy of Wikipedia

In Manitoba, Canada, the Globe and Daily Mail reports that a local woman is the victim of a rare spider bite from a hobo spider.

The hobo spider is generally thought to have reached North America in the early 20th Century via steam ships and is believed to live in the grass.

What makes this spider bite particularly unusual is two-fold.

First, the spider is not known to be a native spider in Manitoba but does reside in certain areas of Western Canada. Nothing like an unwelcome resident!

Second, the spider’s venom is particularly gruesome and once the venom enters, it instantly kills the tissue in and around the spider bite – creating black, dead skin – in this case a hole in the woman’s leg.

The hole created in the leg from the bite was so bad for this poor woman that she had to have all of the tissue near the hobo spider’s bite removed. A skin graft was not possible. Dr. Neil Simonsen, an infectious-disease and wound-care specialist, cleaned and sterilized the wound so that it could heal naturally.

An entomologist said that without catching the offending hobo spider, it is impossible to confirm if, in fact, it was the venomous spider.

August 27, 2008 – 6:43 pm

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