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Brown Recluse spiders are out

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

This time of year we see all sorts of creatures emerging; poisonous snakes, mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus and then there's one of the most venomous spiders in the nation. Be on alert for The Brown Recluse Spider.

Brown Recluse spiders are between one and one and a half inches long. According to National Institutes of Health, the Brown Recluse is one of two spiders with medically significant venom in North America. The other is the Black Widow.

WLBT photographer Jerome DeLoach found out last week while on assignment. He thought it was a ant bite.

"So I did the natural thing. I hit my leg and noticed that it was a spider," said Jerome.

Hours later he began to feel ill, his lower leg was swollen and itching. He headed to the emergency room.

"At that point, it started getting red, like a little circle, sort of reddish brown," added Jerome.

It's the bite that can cause serious harm. The tissue on Jerome's leg has not fully healed. That's because the bite can form a sort of flesh eating bacteria.
that  destroys soft tissue and may take months to heal.

"If I hadn't been treated, that leg would have suffered severe decay, said Jerome. "it could have gone, went into a stage where I could have lost most of the leg." 

The Brown Recluse spider prefers dark, sheltered areas such as under porches and in woodpiles. Anyone bitten should get medical treatment 

THE CDC also suggests that everyone keep their tetanus boosters up to date. Get one every 10 years. 

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