In South Africa, there has never been a verified death from a spider bite. Of the approximately 2500 species of spider in southern Africa, only about 20 species are considered medically important. There are 4 groups of medically important spiders in Africa. Use the following Identikit to make a positive identification.
If the spider can be captured, take it together with the patient to professional medical assistance.
First Aid Techniques
For assistance with spider bites, contact the Poison Information Helpline on +27(0)21 931-6129