Thursday, 28 April 2016

Deadly spider bites man on his genitalia

An Australian young man got the greatest surprise of his life after a deadly redback spider bit him on the penis at a portable toilet in Sydney on Wednesday.

The man was relieving himself at a building site when a relative of the black widow spider sank his gangs into the man’s skin.

According to local reports, paramedics rushed to the scene but the victim managed to find a car and got himself to a nearby hospital. 

Fortunately, the doctors treated him before the poison had spread through his blood system and later discharged in a stable condition. 

Commenting on the incident, Professor Julian White of Adelaide’s women’s and children’s hospital, said:

“It’s our fault that redbacks are on the dunny [toilet], in fact we’re the best thing that ever happened to them — where there’s humans, there will be insects for them to feed on. But of all the places to get bitten and of all the spiders, he had to pick this one. The Redback has to be the most painful spider in Australia.” 

Although there are recorded cases of deaths from redback bites, their amount significantly reduced after creation of antivenom in 1950s. 

The redback is one of the few spider species that can be seriously harmful to humans, its bite causes severe and lasting pain, muscle rigidity, vomiting, sweating, headache and agitation etc.

Source- BBC News, The Independent

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