Alan Harbidge from Cardiff was bitten by what his family believes was a tropical spider when he was bringing in imported goods at a Tesco distribution centre at Magor in South Wales. Initially his fingers started to 'swell like sausages' and was rushed to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he fell into a coma after suffering liver and kidney failure as the infection spread through his body.
"He came home from work complaining of groin pains - his job involves lifting so we thought it was a hernia but it was followed by a rash. The rash got worse until it was bright red and then his fingers swelled up until they looked like fat sausages", his sister Lynda Conniff said.
After spending over a month in the hospital, he is starting to recover though he has lost two stone in weight. Doctors are still not sure what caused the illness and revealed that they will be conducting more tests to determine the cause. This is not the first time that TESCO has come in the news for spider bites with customers from South Wales complaining that they have been bitten by non-poisonous spiders found in imported bananas.