A recent report is bad news if you’re a resident of the Tar Heel state!
Many people call a certain state home for a variety of reasons. Maybe, it’s due to their employment. Perhaps, the climate is just right. Others choose a home, based on the notable absence of undesired animals. If you don’t like snakes, North Carolina is not the right state for you!
Those that live in the Tar Heel state are five times more likely than the national average, to be bitten by a snake. “In the last four years, we are averaging 516 snake bite calls per year to the poison center,” according to clinical toxicologist, Anna Dulaney.
Although not all snakes are venomous, some bites can be deadly, if not treated properly. Especially, if you’re dealing with the likes of a copperhead snake. To add insult to injury, the price tag for bite treatment is enough to make most people cringe. “Around several thousand dollars per vial is average, and normally with antivenom, if we decide to treat it, is a minimum of four vials,” Dulaney says.
If you happen to be a victim of snake bite, Anna has some crucial advice. “Do not apply a tourniquet, do not apply ice; that can actually make the tissue destruction worse at the site of the bite, and do not cut the wound and try to suck the venom out,” she said.
Be careful out there, folks!