Bite envenomation by Latrodectus geometricus (Araneae: Theridiidae) spiders in Malaysia

Mokhtar, A. S. and Muslimin, Mustakiza and Mat-Saat, A. Y. and Ghazali, Ahmad Riza M. and Ismail, Ahmad Khaldun and Abdul-Aziz, Noraishah Mydin (2021) Bite envenomation by Latrodectus geometricus (Araneae: Theridiidae) spiders in Malaysia. Tropical Biomedicine, 38 (4). pp. 568-577. ISSN 0127-5720, DOI

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We report two confirmed human bite cases by Lactrodectus geometricus, also known as the brown widow spider. These are the first reported bite envenomation incidents by L. geometricus in Malaysia. The incidents occurred in Tawau, Sabah and Paka, Terengganu. Both men were bitten on their ear while putting on motorcycle helmets. The spiders appeared to have nested in the helmets. The dead specimens were collected and sent to the Invertebrate and Vertebrate Neurobiology Laboratory, Department of Parasitology, Universiti Malaya for identification. The species identity was confirmed by DNA barcoding.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Envenomation;Lactrodectus geometricus;DNA barcoding;Malaysia;Anxiety due to Covid-19
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
R Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 04:14
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 04:14

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