Scorpio (species various). Animal kingdom. Class, Arachnida.
The bitten part very much swollen, with violent pains, lasting from one to three days. When an individual has been stung the symptoms may be grouped in three distinct periods: in the first there is heat and pain at the injured spot, general sleepiness, frequent sneezing, restlessness, and slight strabismus; in the second stage saliva is abundantly secreted, there is meteorism, dilatation of the pupil, and pulse varying between 100 to 120; in the third stage there is trismus or tetanus; the first period occurs soon after the sting, and lasts from a quarter of an hour to an hour; the second a little more than fifteen minute; and the third may be prolonged to three days. Among the native Indians cases are very frequent, and many of the children die; in all children under four years of age the sting is usually fatal; between six and ten severe, but not mortal, while adults never die. Many persons claim to have been stung with experiencing any symptoms; this, in Dr. Puerte’s opinion, is because the clothing has absorbed the virus, a fact he seems to have proved experimentally. When the naked skin receives the virus symptoms of poisoning are sure to follow. Complete prostration so that the patient could no longer go about. Always acute pains and diminished temperature of part bitten.