n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Spider bite in southern Africa : diagnosis and management

Volume 30, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The medically important spiders of southern Africa can be divided into neurotoxic and cytotoxic groups. The neurotoxic spiders belong to the genus (button or widow spiders) and the cytotoxic spiders are represented chiefly by the genera (sac spiders) and (violin or recluse spiders).

The baboon spiders (family: Theraphosidae) and the wandering or rain spiders (genus ) can inflict painful bites which may be susceptible to infection.

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