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Posted: June 28, 2018 10:06 a.m.
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Watch out for spiders

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The black widow has red under the lower abdomen.

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Many people in Georgia love the outdoors. During the summer popular activities may include a visit the beach, park, a sporting events, or just barbequing and picnicking with family and friends. 

Each also bring their own challenge, but I wanted to take a moment and warn you about spiders.  

The Center for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/spiders/types.html, notes among the venomous spiders, two commonly found in Georgia are the black widow and brown recluse. 

The black widow is one of the most poisonous spiders in North America they are a glossy black with a red hour glass design on its stomach. The bite of a black widow is identified by two small fang marks with is followed by a sharp pain and will become red and swollen, you might experience muscle cramps, chills, fever, nausea and severe body pain if so contact a doctor quickly. Their poison has a protein that attacks your nervous system. 

The brown recluse is about the size of a quarter and their bite doesn’t always hurt. But the site may itch or become red and swollen. It may later turn into a blister, or after about a week - an ulcer. If this happens seek medical attention immediately. 

The Centers for Disease Control and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, offer additional information, including symptoms and first aid, employer and worker recommendations and more.  

Help make your summer more enjoyable, pass safety information on to your Soldiers and family members. 

 


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