04 January, 2013

Euscorpius sting case from Italy

Dutto and co-workers have recently published a case where a pregnant women where stung by an Euscorpius flavicaudis (DeGeer, 1778) (Euscorpiidae) during house work in her home. All Euscorpius species are known to be harmless, and fortunately this paper also confirms this.

We report a case in which a 21-week pregnant woman was stung by a Euscorpius flavicaudis (De Geer, 1778) scorpion. Symptoms and signs experienced by the patient were the same as those documented in the literature and with no ill-effects for the pregnancy. Envenoming was local and of low degree of intensity. It is important to emphasize that the patient was stung in her home, which differs from stings in most other parts of the world, in which scorpionism is mostly a risk in outdoor areas.

Dutto M, dutto L, Bertero M, Goyffon M. Stings from Euscorpius flavicaudis (De Geer, 1778) (Scorpiones, Euscorpiidae) during pregnancy: a clinical case report. J Venom Anim Toxins Incl Trop Dis. 2012;18(4):462-6. [Free full text]

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