Brown recluse spider, whose bite killed a baby in Chiapas. Brown recluse spider, whose bite killed a baby in Chiapas.

11-month-old baby dies after spider bite

Antidote was administered too long after bite by brown recluse spider

An 11-month-old baby died this week after being bitten by a brown recluse spider, also known as a violin spider, in Villa Corzo, Chiapas.

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State health authorities said the young girl was given an antidote by medical staff at a hospital in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, but it was too late to save her.

The baby’s mother reported seeing a lesion last Saturday morning on the child’s ankle, which later became inflamed.

She took her daughter to a private medical clinic where medicine and creams were prescribed. On Monday, when the child showed no sign of improvement, she was taken to the Dr. Jesús Gilberto Gómez Maza hospital in Tuxtla. But too much time had passed since the bite occurred and the antidote proved ineffective.

Deaths from the bite of the brown recluse spider are rare. Most fatalities occur in children under seven, or those with a weak immune system, according to Wikipedia.

The spider gets its nickname for its violin-like markings.

Federal health authorities issued a warning about the spider two years ago on the grounds that it wasn’t normally seen in Mexico.

However, a Mexico City health official said later the risks had been overblown, and that the spider was actually quite common in some parts of the country.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • Natasha Morrissey

    The spider in this picture is not a brown recluse. Also, there is no “antidote” for a brown recluse bite.

    • Michele Vernet

      What are you saying really?

  • Michele Vernet

    So, if it wasn’t a brown recluse spider, the child if given PROPER CARE, LIKE CORRECT DIAGNOSIS,THEREFORE CORRECT MEDICATION, MIGHT HAVE LIVED? THAT JUST MAKES ME SAD AND ANGRY TOO!

    • Natasha Morrissey

      Let me clarify my previous statement:

      The photo used in this article is not a brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa – common in the south central and southeastern United States). I am not sure what spider it is, but I am certain that it is not Loxpsceles recluse. However, I’m reasonably sure that it is not the actual spider that bit the girl. Also, I believe the only [known] Loxosceles species in Chiapas is Loxosceles tehuana, and there is very little information available about this species. I have no idea what it looks like, and could find no photos.

      Regarding the antidote: After your reply to my comment, I did more extensive research into the topic. There is no antivenin available in the US. There is, however, an equine derived FAB (antibody fragment) serum available in Mexico. Its efficacy is questionable and severe side effects are very possible. Also, it must be administered within 24 to 48 hours of the bite.

      Either way, many other lesions are often misdiagnosed as a bite from a brown recluse or other Loxosceles species. Most commonly, the misdiagnosed lesion is a bacterial infection, such as MRSA. The antivenin would have no effect whatsoever on this type of wound.

      I hope this helps clear things up. I do apologize for the oversight regarding the antivenin. Also, I would like to extend my condolences to the family. This truly is a tragic loss.

      • Michele Vernet

        Thank you Ms. Morissey for your extensive clarification and explanation on this very sad issue. It seems to me, another senseless death of this infant.

        • Natasha Morrissey

          You are quite welcome. It is very sad indeed.

          • Michele Vernet

            Ms. Morrissey. Please forgive my incorrect spelling of your name.

          • Amy Haen

            My child was bite by a brown recluse here in Wisconsin.,looks like a tick

          • Michele Vernet

            I don”t know what you’re trying to say but if your child was truly bitten by a brown recluse or any bite at all, you should take your child to your doctot, without waiting as it could be serious.

          • Justme1675

            Im pretty sure he was not stating that his child is in back ground in pain frim a bite he just received ….lol. im sure they were just sharing their own personal story thst they had experienced themselves….my friend was bitten (and no it wasnt today either) but anyways …thank goodness made it in nick of time…..

          • Justme1675

            It is very sad and tragic event and i just dont see why we cant hear about story and learn from it ….not immed throwing blame on whomever. Ya know?

          • Natasha Morrissey

            It’s okay. Don’t worry about it!

  • Rodrigo Orozco Torres

    There Is an antídoto in México, ITS name Is Reclusmyn and its made by Laboratorios Bioclon

    • Natasha Morrissey

      Yes, thank you. I made note of my error below. I had to allow pages in other languages to find it in my search. Then I had to let google translate, as my Spanish is not good enough to read peer-reviewed journal articles written in Spanish.

  • Natasha Morrissey

    That is a great article! The University of California Riverside has great information, too, and quite well written with a touch of entertaining sarcasm. Here’s a link, in case anyone is interested: http://spiders.ucr.edu/brs.html

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