Snake bite info !

In Australia there are about 3,000 snake bites per year, of which 200 to 500 receive antivenom; on average one or two will prove fatal. About half the deaths are due to bites from the brown snake; the rest mostly from tiger snake, taipan and death adder. Some deaths are sudden, however in fact it is uncommon to die within four hours of a snake bite.

Struan Sutherland’s ‘Death from snake bite in Australia, 1981-1991’ (The Medical Journal of Australia, December 1991, Volume 7, pages 740-46) contains some graphic descriptions of the 18 known fatal snake bites in that ten year period.

In 1906, the untreated death rates were as high as 40% to 50% for death adder and tiger snake bites! Improved supportive treatment and the availability of effective antivenoms has reduced this considerably.

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Snake bite info !

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  1. I like those odds! time to stop worrying about the occasional harmless death adder bite, think of them more like a bee sting đŸ™‚ … or lightening strikes. both also kill on average almost 2 people per year.

    Glen February 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

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