Friday, March 02, 2012

Spiders on a Plane Three Dead

The case of the deadly spiders - on airplanes


A mystery. Three women dead. Symptoms: terrible headaches, sweating, fever, vomiting. The scientists were baffled: what could this be? Food poisoning? A new virus? A bacterial infection? Who would have guessed that today, 2012, people could be killed by deadly spiders on aircraft?

Northern Florida, USA. Three women dead within five days. Same symptoms. Muscular collapse after terrible headaches, sweating, fever, vomiting... paralysis. No trauma. Autopsy: No evident violence...blood poisoning, marks which indicate an insect bite on the buttocks or back of the thighs.

The three victims did not know each other. They did not associate. No common features... They had eaten at the same restaurant on the day they died. Fast forward: the department of health checked the restaurant out. Food OK; water OK; air conditioning OK... then, a waitress from the same restaurant was taken to hospital.

Accidents and emergency. Panic. Sudden attack of vomiting, fever, sweating, headache. She hadn't eaten or drunk anything at the place of work...she had used the toilet. Some days later, a lawyer entered the AE department with the same symptoms. One of the last things he said to those admitting him into the department was that he had travelled to Indonesia and Singapore. The aircraft had started its trip in India.

The common link: the toilet. And under the toilet seat: small spiders, deadly spiders: Telamonia dimidiata.

In international flights... Pravda

Update: E-mail hoax: Telamonia dimidiata spiders are not deadly


Anonymous said...

Himself said...

Well, it was Pravda.

Himself said...

Himself said...

Anonymous said...

Thank you, so cute, how they share food (French beans?)

Anonymous said...

And now that we're on the subject of sloths, the literal translation of "luiaard" is lazy-bones or sluggard if it refers to a human being. I'm off to the store, looking for Saumur.

Himself said...

I hope Ricky doesn't get his hands on this one.

Anonymous said...

It is a different matter, that is the psychological burden on doctors. In a nutshell, the motivations are religious or ethical and sometimes doctors are not well enough informed about the law.

Unfortunately, Santorum is incompatible with information.

Himself said...

Good morning Chuck.

If it makes you feel any better about having to fill in word verification, on this post alone, there are seven spam comments.

I would never have known it myself, but because I was changing all my email addies, I was in a place I had never been before and so noticed them.

What I said about having a blogger account, wouldn't make any difference by the way, I still have to fill in verification if I comment elsewhere.

I do quite like having this own domain thingee, it's a bit of work initially, but I can allocate any one of five hundred sub accounts, each to a specific person or org. For instance, if you put your name in front of you will find that it's your own personal addy if you ever wanted to say something outside of the comments.

Just waiting for BT admin to contact me again so I can have the pleasure of watching him squirm before telling him to foxtrot oscar.

Now I must search out a new ISP.