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Australian redback spider: Poison bite.
Australian redback spider: Poison bite.

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A tiny Australian hospital closed temporarily because of an infestation of poisonous spiders. The Baralaba Multi Purpose Health Service was closed down when officials fumigated the building to get rid of redback spiders found in large numbers in the main part of the hospital. Three or four patients were removed to another hospital. Redback spiders, common throughout most of the country, have a painful bite and a toxic venom, although an anti-venom is available. Warm weather had caused more redback spider eggs to hatch than usual. Nearly 300 people live in Baralaba, about 320 km northwest of Brisbane.


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