By Breanna Melanson
On June 12, in Mendon, Massachusetts, 5 year old Kailyn Donovan was bitten by a black widow spider. A doctor prescribed her antibiotics, because, at the time, it only appeared to be a regular bug bite. However, when Kailyn developed a fever and unusual black bruising around the bite, her parents took her to the doctors again; this time, to an infectious disease doctor at Mass General.
Source: Boston Globe
Although black widow spiders are rare in the northeast, this is not a lone occurrence. In 2015, a woman in Vermont was bitten by a black widow that she had apparently brought home in a bag of grapes, and, in 2016, the same happened to a New Hampshire woman.
Source: ABC news
The spiders are usually not deadly to humans, and the young girl is expected to make a full recovery. However, this can serve as a warning to others. Black widows are more common in the south and west, but every so often, they can make their way to New England. If you think an insect bite is bad, make sure to check with your doctor.