Woman Is Bitten By Black Widow Spider While Reaching Into Bag Of Grapes

| by Lisa Fogarty

A 21-year-old woman from Colchester, Vermont, was reportedly bitten by a Black Widow spider while reaching into a bag of grapes. 

The young woman reached into the bag of fruit and the dangerous spider crawled up her arm and bit her, her mother told WCAX-TV. They were able to trap the spider and bring it to Fanny Allen Campus. The patient was then transferred to UVM Medical Center in Burlington, where she spent the night. 

While in the hospital, she has reportedly received a series of shots and her health will be monitored for weeks, but doctors say she is okay. The grapes were purchased at Shaw's in Colchester and it is believed the spider may have originated from California, WCAX News reports. Shaw's says it is inspecting all produce in its stores and contacting its grape supplier to ensure its products are healthy and safe. In addition, the company is replacing all of the food in the family's refrigerator.

Although Black Widow spiders are not deadly, they are considered the most venomous spider in North America, Live Science reports. The effects of a bite can include nausea, profuse sweating, muscle aches, severe pain in the abdomen and back, hypertension and paralysis of the diaphragm, which can make it extremely difficult to breathe.

Sources: WCAX-TV, Live Science

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