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Passenger Stung by Scorpion on Flight

A passenger on an Alaskan Airline flight was stung by a scorpion while the plane was taxiing for take-off.

The flight was at Los Angeles International airport heading to Portland, Oregon.

The plane returned to the gate, where medics treated the woman and offered additional medical treatment, which she declined, Cosgrove said. She did not get back on the plane, he said. Passengers stayed on board, he said.

The woman brushed the scorpion away after the sting and killed it on the floor with her foot, Cosgrove said. The crew of the Boeing 737 checked for other scorpions and the plane departed about 50 minutes late, he said.

“We don’t know exactly how the scorpion made it on the plane, but the flight did originate in Los Cabos, Mexico, where scorpions are known to live,” Cosgrove said.

The Mayo Clinic reports scorpion stings are mostly harmless. “Scorpion stings, although painful, are mostly harmless,” a clinic posting said.

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