Tropical Aussie town issues warning alert after 3 people bitten by snakes in 12 hours

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-29 14:18:51|Editor: xuxin
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SYDNEY, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Queensland State health authorities in the Australia's city of Townsville, have warned the public about the dangers of snakes after three people were bitten at private homes in a 12-hour period.

Host to many of the world's most dangerous slithering creatures, including the eastern brown snake, inland and coastal taipans, and the notoriously named death adder, warm weather in Australia's Tropical North is triggering the movement of the cold-blooded animals.

With two men and a woman bitten on Thursday, Queensland Ambulance Service Supervisor Ross Macdonald urged the public to be on the lookout.

"Take extra care to avoid snakes in hot months," he told the Courier Mail Newspaper on Friday,

"They are on the move," Macdonald said.

Due to the threat of snakes Down Under, most Aussies are educated from a young age about how to deal with the venomous creatures, as well as how to provide first aid for a bite.

Expected to make a full recovery after being administered to hospital, all three bite victims are reported to be doing well after the attacks.

Macdonald said it's important that locals brush up on their snake survival skills.

"Most snake bites occur on a lower limb," he said.

"Many happen when residents are trying to kill or move a snake from a location. If you witness a snake bite call triple-0 (emergency services) immediately," Macdonald said.

"Keep the patient calm as possible, lay them down, don't wash snake bite. Cover the site with pressure bandage, splint and immobilize," he added.