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Redback spider bites increased to 13 in Osaka Prefecture this year, the most since 1995 when the poisonous arachnid was first thought to have migrated from Australia on cargo vessels.

The number of reported cases increased from nine last year, according to the prefectural government’s Web site. In June, a 6-year-old boy in Osaka was given the antivenom after being bitten, the first case of the treatment being used in Japan.

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