Funnel-web spider bite victim undergoing treatment

UPDATE: A woman is in a stable condition in hospital after she was bitten by a deadly funnel-web spider this morning.

The woman, 66, was gardening at a Bridge St home in Wilsonton when she was bitten on the right hand.

She managed to trap the spider and call 000, and was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Steve Johns said while patients were not encouraged to put themselves at risk trapping a spider that bit them, it could help hospital staff in identifying the species.

"If you are able to, and because spiders tend to be more placid, it can help if they can be caught safely," he said.

"But we don't want people to risk getting bitten again by venomous creatures."

Mr Johns said first-aid treatment differed depending on the spider species.

Funnel-web or mouse spiders require immobilisation and compression bandages.

Other spiders, such as redbacks, should be treated with an ice-pack to ease the pain.

But all spider bites should be treated as an emergency and 000 should be called with priority, Mr Johns said.

He said spider bites were rare but not unheard of in the Darling Downs area.

"We do get a few redback bites here and there but they are rare," he said.

11.30AM: A woman is being transported to hospital after she was bitten by a funnel-web spider in Wilsonton this morning.

Reports suggest the spider was captured and contained in a jar before paramedics arrived at the property shortly after 10.30am.

Australian funnel-web spiders are among the most deadly arachnids in the world, with 35 sub-species known around the country.

Six of those have been known to cause severe injuries to humans.

The woman will undergo treatment at hospital.

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10.45AM: Paramedics are rushing to reports a woman has been bitten by a spider in Toowoomba.

Initial reports suggest a woman, aged in her 60s, was bitten by a funnel-web spider shortly after 10.30am in Wilsonton.

Queensland Ambulance crews are en route to the incident.

Funnel-web spider bites can cause severe injuries to victims but the use of antivenom has stopped the number of fatalities since it was introduced.


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