5-year-old bitten by black widow spider in Massachusetts

Evrard Martin
Juin 12, 2017

A 5-year-old girl is recovering at her home in MA after being bitten by a black widow spider.

What first appeared as a "tiny" purple bruise on her daughter's leg became worrisome to Kristine Donovan when the bruise grew and changed color. She said that Dr. William Durbin, the pediatric infectious diseases specialist treating her daughter, believes the spider was outside, and while black widows are somewhat rare in MA, "they are around". Those had no effect, leading doctors to recommend taking Kailyn to the emergency room.

Dr. William Durbin tells the Boston Globe the girl's wound is superficial, and he expects her to make a full recovery.

While black widow bites are not usually fatal, a female black widow spider's venom can cause serious symptoms.

Durbin said black widow spiders are "around" MA, that he treats a few black widow bites every year.

While it is uncommon to find black widow spiders in Massachusetts, Durbin says "they are around". "She never even said anything had bit her", Kailyn's mother told the Globe.

Donovan said she plans to spray her yard with pesticide.

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