Thursday, 8 January 2015

Study rules out spiders as common cause of bacterial infections in humans

January 6, 2015

University of California - Riverside

Can spiders be carriers of human pathogens? Can they provoke infection through a break in the skin? A team of scientists has data-mined the history of publications on spider envenomations to conclude that the evidence for spider-vectored infection is scanty. Although spider bite may be an attractive and tenable causative agent of a bacterial infection, the data show this is highly improbable, says the study's lead author.

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