Man says he suffered black widow spider bite at his Eastlake home

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EASTLAKE, Ohio- It was a worst nightmare come true for an Eastlake man.

"I think it happened while I was sleeping," David Marcum said. "I woke up in the morning and I started itching, like a mosquito bite."

But it's wasn't from a mosquito and after three days, his symptoms were getting worse.

"I was having aching. My bones were hurting, severely scratching. My lower back started hurting after a couple days," Marcum said.

He ended up in the emergency room, where he was hooked to an IV, given morphine for pain and told by doctors he was bit by a black widow spider.

"I was completely shocked when I found out it was a black widow," Marcum said.

Gavin Svenson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History said there are about 600 species of spiders in the state of Ohio. Most don't bite and only a few are dangerous to humans.

"They mind their own business and we mind our own business. And occasionally, they interact, people and spiders, and you might get bit," Svenson said.

"Black widows have been recorded in northern Ohio, but they're so rare, if you get a spider bite, it's probably not from a black widow."

Marcum's bite wasn't confirmed to be from a black widow, but he's not taking any chances.

"I've been sleeping with on eye open," he said. "Hopefully, I turn into Spider-Man one day."

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