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Toxicon. 2012 Jul;60(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2012.03.012. Epub 2012 Mar 21.

Seasonality of brown recluse populations is reflected by numbers of brown recluse envenomations.

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SpiderTek, LLC, 10101 Stoltz Dr., Rolla, MO 65401-7714, USA.

Abstract

A significant seasonal correlation was recently shown for brown recluse spider activity. Vetter (2011) observed brown recluse spiders were submitted by the general public predominantly during April-October. For patients with suspected brown recluse spider bites (BRSB), we have observed the same seasonality. Among 45 cases with features consistent of a BRSB, 43 (95.6%) occurred during April-October. Both the Vetter study and our study serve to demonstrate seasonal activity for brown recluse spiders.

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22465494
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PMC3358468
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10.1016/j.toxicon.2012.03.012
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