Volgograd residents are attacked by karakurt

Volgograd residents are attacked by karakurt
Volgograd residents are attacked by karakurt

Volgograd is attacked by karakurt. These small spiders are able to climb into secluded places, and upon contact with a person, bite him. Experts believe the spider invasion is linked to climate change.

The inhabitants of Volgograd are attacked by poisonous steppe spiders - karakurt. Since the beginning of the month, ten people have already turned to hospitals with bites, three are still being treated. Spiders from the genus of black widows now crawl even into the courtyards of residential buildings. They attack if you accidentally step on them. The affected person feels a burning pain that soon spreads throughout the body, then experiences dizziness, nausea, and convulsions. It is important for a bitten person to get a dropper as soon as possible.

Andrei Mokhov is still in a fever - and this is on the fourth day after intensive therapy. Now he can breathe and walk on his own, but so far only in the ward. Andrey has become the thirteenth resident of the Volgograd region this summer who has suffered from a bite from a European karakurt or a black widow.

"Karakurt is a black beautiful spider with long legs. Males, as a rule, are not as black as females, but rather brown, dark brown," entomologist Tatyana Karpova said about the appearance of karakurt.

The poison of this spider is many times stronger than the venom of some of the most dangerous snakes in its toxicity. Here is what Sergei Larionov, head of the Acute Poisoning Center, chief freelance toxicologist of the Volgograd region, told about it:

"The pain is so strong that a person is simply immobilized. There is a pronounced weakness, a person cannot move, he compares the pain with a burning sensation inside the body, he cannot breathe."

Karakurt in the Volgograd region is not a curiosity, but there have not yet been such a large number of them. Scientists attribute this to climate change.

"The Karakurts went north because the climate is globally warming, becoming hotter. And this summer is abnormally hot almost throughout Russia," explained Fedor Martynovchenko, an employee of the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Most of the victims are residents of the southern districts of the region. The spider bit Natalia Barminova on the toe and climbed into the shoes. According to her, numbness began immediately. Within 40 minutes, she was completely paralyzed.

According to scientists, the nest of a karakurt can be distinguished by a fairly strong, chaotically woven horizontal web. We found this dangerous spider near Volgograd. In this case, karakurt found a refuge between two concrete slabs. This is a steppe, but people are working very close, they are also in danger.

Andrey, the owner of a farm of exotic animals, is sure that the spider will never attack first - this is a defensive reaction.

Sheep are the natural enemy of karakurt. Their herds trample spider nests. Many nomadic peoples specially line sheep skins at the entrance to their dwellings. Proven - it is reliable protection against danger. It is clear that in such a peculiar way it is impossible to protect the residents of the region and Volgograd itself.

Now spiders have a breeding period. The risk of being harmed by a black widow is still high.

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