Brown Recluse Spider BitesThe bite of a brown recluse spider is treated using anti-venom generated by a series of steps:
1. Brown recluse spiders are milked of their poison, using electric stimulus and vacuum collection. 2. The venom is then injected into horses, which develop antibodies. Unfortunately, the horses’ lives are greatly curtailed, from about 20 years to about 3 to 4 years. 3. The antibodies are used to produce anti-venom to be delivered to human victims.
Good NewsThere is good news for bite sufferers as well as for horse lovers. Scientists have developed a man made anti-venom. It still requires injecting horses, but it is much less harmful to the horses. It does not shorten their lives. For further details concerning this development, view the BBC video listed below. References:
- Field Guide to Spiders and Scorpions: Brown Recluse
- Biting back: Taking the sting out of spider venom
- Sphingomyelinase D activity of brown recluse spider…
- YouTube: Binford milks a spider