Outbreak of Britain's most venomous spider forces school shutdown
A tiny spider, Britain's most venomous, forced the closure of a school in the UK this week. An outbreak of false widow spiders at the Dean Academy near Bristol led administrators to shut the school's doors while its buildings are fumigated.
Reuters reports that the school "in the western Forest of Dean region ... shut its doors on Wednesday while experts dealt with the eight-legged invaders, vice principal Craig Burns said in a statement.
"The spiders, which resemble the potentially deadly black widow, have colonized parts of southern England for more than a century although they are thought to have spread in the last 25 years, according to Britain's Natural History Museum.
"Their bite can cause swelling or fever. So far, no one at the school has been bitten, said Burns.
"There have been numerous newspaper reports of false widow sightings and attacks around Britain in recent weeks."
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