5-year-old bitten by black widow spider in Massachusetts

(WPRI)

MENDON, Mass. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl is recovering at her home in Massachusetts after being bitten by a black widow spider.

Kristine Donovan says she noticed a bruise on her daughter Kailyn’s leg a week ago. The bruise grew larger, which led Donovan to take her daughter to a pediatrician.

Donovan says doctors first prescribed antibiotics. Those had no effect, leading doctors to recommend taking Kailyn to the emergency room.

It was there where doctors confirmed the bruise was actually necrosis from a black widow spider’s venom.

A Black Widow Spider spinning a web in an oak tree. (Credit: JasonOndreicka/Thinkstock)

Dr. William Durbin tells the Boston Globe the girl’s wound is superficial, and he expects her to make a full recovery.

While it is uncommon to find black widow spiders in Massachusetts, Durbin says “they are around.” He told the Globe the girl probably encountered the spider outside.

Donovan said she plans to spray her yard with pesticide.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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