Watch Out Surveyors! NEW POISONOUS SPIDER IN THE UNITED STATES

A spider bite...please read............ And you thought the brown recluse was bad!!!

Three women in North Florida , turned up at hospitals over a 5-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 big break 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 went 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 because of 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. So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders. It can save your life!

And please pass this on to everyone you care about
Read All About the Brown Recluse Spider Here: http://landsurveyorsunited.com/forum/topics/the-deadly-brown-recluse?xg_source=activity

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Reply by Scott D. Warner, PLS on September 20, 2014 at 7:21pm

I think they call it a bullwonk barking spider....:)

Reply by Jaybird on December 14, 2012 at 10:28am

like i said

Reply by Jaybird on December 13, 2012 at 6:35pm

Actually, this one (after quite a bit of research) turns out to be non-poisonous.  When I first read about this, it was being assessed as poisonous, but later I found out is wasn't.

Reply by Scott D. Warner, PLS on December 13, 2012 at 6:08pm

Poisonous or not poisonous?

Reply by Paul Quagge on November 9, 2012 at 10:51am

Wow...whoa...thats horrible...Thanks for the heads up!

Reply by Jaybird on October 23, 2012 at 6:06pm

after a bit more research i found that this spider is indeed not poisonous

Reply by Arnel M. Domag on October 22, 2012 at 8:41pm

Wow! This is scary..

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