Swarms Of Venomous Spiders Kill In India

Most of us run when we see a spider, and yes it is ok to have the fear and want them exterminated, but how many of them are really dangerous bugs? It’s very likely none of the spiders we all run from on a daily basis are anywhere near as dangerous as some of the spiders that are out there we may never see. Like in this article about swarms of spiders actually jumping and attacking people in India.

Two people dead after swarms of venomous spiders invade Indian town

Published June 03, 2012
SADIYA, India –  A town in India has  suddenly been overrun by swarms of venomous spiders, leaving two people dead  after being bitten.
It may sound like a B-grade horror movie, but residents of the town of  Sadiya, in Assam state, say that on the evening of May 8 as they were  celebrating a Hindu festival swarms of spiders suddenly appeared and attacked  them, The Times of India reported.
Over the next few days two people — a man, Purnakanta Buragohain, and an  unnamed school boy — died after being bitten by the spiders. Scores more turned  up at the town’s hospital with spider bites.
Local resident Jintu Gogoi spent a day in the hospital complaining of  excruciating pain and nausea after being bitten. He said weeks later his finger  was still blackened and swollen.
District authorities are also panicking — and they are considering spraying  the town with the insecticide DDT.
Locals say the most terrifying aspect is that spiders appear in swarms and their behavior is highly aggressive.
“It leaps at anything that comes close. Some of the victims claimed the  spider latched on to them after biting. If that is so, it needs to be dealt with  carefully. The chelicerae and fangs of this critter are quite powerful,” head of  the department of life sciences at Dibrugarh University Dr. L.R. Saikia said.
Teams of Indian arachnid experts have flocked to the town, hoping to identify  the species, but so far they have drawn a blank.
They say it could be a tarantula, a black wishbone or even a funnel-web  spider — or it could be a whole new species.
One thing they agree on is that it is not native to the area as there is no record of venomous spiders in Assam. The black wishbone and funnel-web are  native to Australia.
Researchers are also still running tests to find out the toxicity of the spiders’ venom.
Dr. Anil Phatowali, superintendent of the town’s hospital, said they had not administered antivenin as they could not be certain the spider was venomous at all.
He also pointed out other factors may have contributed to the two reported fatalities.
“All the bite patients first went to witch doctors, who cut open their wounds  with razors, drained out blood and burnt it. That could have also made them sick,” Phatowali said.


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