Flesh Eating Spiders and Necrotising Arachnidism

Do spiders, like sandflies cause flesh eating disease? Apparently, some of them do. From a report by Northern Advocate in New Zealand:

An increase in white-tailed spider bites has been reported by a Northland doctor. But the spider (pictured) may be earning an unfair reputation – getting the blame for the bites of other spiders, a bug expert believes.

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Insect Bites and Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Jay Fox in Bermuda

The flesh-eating bacteria is everywhere. We’ve already blogged about cases in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

Now here’s a case from Bermuda which involves Jay Fox, a gospel singer from Bermuda who was infected with the disease after he was stung by a wasp. This does not mean, of course, that insect bites can give you this deadly disease. However, insect bites can open wounds which can serve as the “door” for the opportunistic bacteria.

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Sandfly, Flesh Eating Bugs, and Leishmaniasis

How dangerous are sandflies? Very dangerous if they are carrying the protozoan parasite that causes leishmaniasis and you get bitten by them. Apparently, leishmaniasis is another kind of flesh eating disease which you can contract if you’re bitten by a female sandfly.

Some famous people who were infected by this disease include British television host Ben Fogle who got it during a trip to Peru. Thankfully, he was able to recover from his infection.

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Flesh Eating Bacteria in Oysters and Other Seafood?

Do oysters have flesh eating bacteria? Apparently, warm water oysters can have Vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria which causes necrotising fasciitis otherwise known as the flesh-eating disease.

This is the reason why the US Food and Drug Administration wanted to have oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico undergo treatment to kill the flesh-eating bacteria.

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