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New Deadly Spider Found in USA....found in FL

  Author:  17014  Category:(News) Created:(5/14/2008 8:44:00 AM)
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Got this in an email and haven't seen it posted here yet, so I thought I'd pass it on to USM>>>

FYI 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 tha t the flight he was on had originated in India The Civilian Aer onautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India , and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia 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 toil et, lift the seat to check for spiders. It can save your life! And please pass this on to everyone you care about.

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Date: 5/14/2008 8:47:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 17014    I suppose this should apply not only to public toilet seats, but those in residences too.  
Date: 5/14/2008 8:57:00 AM  From Authorid: 37101    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/insects/telamonia.asp <--- Snopes is here to cure your arachnaphobia. -  
Date: 5/14/2008 9:08:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 17014    Thought about checking snopes first but I didn't...gues I should have. TG...last thing I need to worry about is another spider...can't even deal with the non-poisonous ones let alone toxic! lol I should just delete...  
Date: 5/14/2008 9:08:00 AM  From Authorid: 27826    Woo! Thank you Snoops..I almost had time to get scared lol   
Date: 5/14/2008 9:52:00 AM  From Authorid: 62095    yuck, I guess I wont be using the toilet anymore!!  
Date: 5/14/2008 10:59:00 AM  From Authorid: 15070    Considering how many creepy-crawlies we have in Florida-it could be believeable. But I knew it was a hoax.   
Date: 5/14/2008 11:35:00 AM  From Authorid: 15677    omg i hate spiders !!! now ill be lifting the seat to check before i pee  
Date: 5/14/2008 11:52:00 AM  From Authorid: 63011    I knew this wasn't true. I've heard it a few times before. The title sure did scare me, though, until I clicked on it and read the story.  
Date: 5/14/2008 1:41:00 PM  From Authorid: 36967    Very unlikely that this is true. Spiders are NOT terrorists.  
Date: 5/14/2008 2:12:00 PM  From Authorid: 51876    I am scared to move,I think it crawled up in me and has a nest!  
Date: 5/14/2008 3:33:00 PM  From Authorid: 50864    HOAX But there really is a Neil Young spider. A scientist discovered it and named it after Neil Young The spider's full name is myrmekiaphila Neilyoungi. It is a member of the trapdoor spider family and found in Alabama. I looked it up and it is one ugly customer.  
Date: 5/14/2008 4:07:00 PM  From Authorid: 21903    Ick!! i hate spiders and now I am going to be paranoid! Thanks for the warning though, I much appreciate it.  
Date: 5/14/2008 4:08:00 PM  From Authorid: 21903    Phew! I am glad I read all those comments!  
Date: 5/14/2008 8:02:00 PM  From Authorid: 48250    I don't like spiders either, spent Saturday providing a tour to a friend who wanted to visit our local caves and visiting a lake here, with all the rain it wasn't a good idea to do any exploring of the caves so went to the lake instead, while waiting for them, I was looking at a billboard located on the other side of the dam, while I was busy looking at it, I saw something moving, looked over to the side and it was a big wooly spider lol-----yee haw...a security guard saw it too evidently and grinned at my reaction lol...needless to say I was telling my friend I don't care much for spiders either...well maybe Charolette hehe ...T/C  

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