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New poisonous spider in the United States, can thrive in the Northwest

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Add one more issue to the Northwest’s cold, dark, damp climate; a spider that thrives in these conditions. Not just any spider, but a very toxic and poisonous one.

We thought the brown recluse was bad, let me introduce to the Two-Striped Telamonia.

Information has been previously reported by Beverly Clark from The Journal of United Medical Association (JUMA).

Three women in North Florida, turned up at hospitals over a five day period, all with the same symptoms; fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis, and finally, death. There were no outward signs of trauma. Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood.These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common. It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same restaurant (Olive Garden) within days of their deaths. The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down. The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested, to no avail. The break in the case came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only gone to the restaurant to pick up her check. She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had used the restroom.

That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read, drove out to the restaurant, went into the restroom, and lifted the toilet seat. Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider. The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named becauseof its reddened flesh color. This spider's venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark, damp, climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere.

Several days later a lawyer from Jacksonville showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore, before returning home. He did not visit (Olive Garden),while there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock.Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India.The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India, and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider's nests on 4 different planes.

It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the country. Unfortunately for Oregonians and Washingtonians, our climate is this spider's breeding ground.

Please use caution before sitting down on toilet seats, it could spare you life.

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