Skooter reporting 06/05/12
Gigantic acerbic spiders or in plain language “biting types” have harassed villagers and triggered terror in far-flung northeast India. But attempts by locals to treat the painful swelling caused by the bites may be more risky than the spiders themselves.
In Tinsukia district, two victims have died. It is not clear whether the bite victims died due to venom or from action by witch doctors cut them with sharp blades to spill out the poison, authorities said. It was reported that no autopsies were performed before the victims were cremated.
Another seven victims were given antibiotics after applying voodoos to drain their wound, Sadiya town hospital doctors said.
The hairy anthropods may be a newly discovered tarantula species, says Ecologist L.R. Saikia at Assam's Dibrugarh University.