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Alabama Boy Dies From Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Branson Riley Carlisle, a five year old boy from Alabama, died 14 hours after he had been bitten by a brown recluse spider. Jessica Carlisle, Branson’s mother, had photographed the progression of her son’s bite wound 15 minutes, 1 hour and 9 hours after the bite as well as capturing and photographing the spider, allowing for experts to confirm it was indeed a brown recluse spider, reports

It is important to understand the rarity of this situation. In the past decade over 300 people have died after being struck by lightning in the United States alone. However, excluding Branson Carlisle, the total deaths from brown recluse spiders in the past 10 years is one.

Brown recluse spiders can inflict painful bites on victims, however it is very rare for the toxins to become systemic and bites to be serious. A systemic response occurs in less than 1 percent of brown recluse bites, although that type of reaction can result in death. Most of the time, brown recluse bites are minor and usually self-healing.