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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Camera Phone Saves Man with Serious Spider Bite

CNET reports one more happy use for camera phones here:
Before the swelling and dizziness hit, the 23-year-old snapped a picture of his assailant to prove to friends just how big it was (very big--about 5 inches).

Later, as Stevens' condition deteriorated and doctors fought to save his life, they were able to send the picture to experts at the Bristol Zoo, who identified the spider and told doctors which type of anti-venom was needed.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider, or Phoneutria fer, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most poisonous spider, with venom glands up to 10mm long (just under half an inch) containing enough poison to kill 225 mice.
Mice or man, I am sure the residents of area are not happy to learn the spider was released, even if given assurances it won't live long...

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