n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Spider bite in southern Africa : diagnosis and management
|Article Title||Spider bite in southern Africa : diagnosis and management|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University, 2 Stellenbosch University, 3 Stellenbosch University, 4 Stellenbosch University, 5 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, 6 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, 7 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, 8 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre and 9 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre|
|Publication Date||Oct 2012|
|Pages||382 - 392|
The medically important spiders of southern Africa can be divided into neurotoxic and cytotoxic groups. The neurotoxic spiders belong to the genus Latrodectus (button or widow spiders) and the cytotoxic spiders are represented chiefly by the genera Cheiracanthium (sac spiders) and Loxosceles (violin or recluse spiders).
The baboon spiders (family: Theraphosidae) and the wandering or rain spiders (genus Palystes) can inflict painful bites which may be susceptible to infection.
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