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Spider Travels 8,000 Km To Sting Woman Returing From Her Costa Rican Vacation

A Hampshire, England woman returning from her vacation in Costa Rica got the shock of her life when she was stung by a scorpion which had traveled back in her suitcase all the way from the land of Pura Vida.

Photo from WaterloovilleFireStn/Solent

The Mirror reports the woman dialed 999 (England’s equivalent of 911) just after 11 am to report she had been stung by a scorpion, received treatment at home and was then taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Hants, for further assessment.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “The advice we have accessed from Toxbase (National Poisons Information Service) is for anyone with a scorpion sting to be assessed and monitored at the hospital.”

Pictures from the fire service show the small eight-legged black and brown scorpion captured under a glass. Waterlooville Fire Station spokesman Marley Cameron said: “Our co-responder has just assisted with an incident which was a bit different than we normally attend. “A female was bitten by a scorpion which had decided to hide in her suitcase on return from her holiday.”

Photo from WaterloovilleFireStn/Solent

“I think that’s the ‘most unusual call out of the year’ in the bag for 2018,” said a South Central Ambulance Service spokesperson.

The scorpion had hidden in her suitcase all the way from Costa Rica, more than 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) away.

All scorpions have a venomous sting, but the vast majority of the species do not represent a serious threat to humans. Only about 25 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human.

In Costa Rica, there are 14 different species of scorpion, all of which are not deadly to humans.

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