Published in: 09/19/2022 14:01
Updated: 09/19/2022 14:01
Author: Marcelo Gris
According to data from the State Health Department (SES), more than 4,400 accidents with venomous snakes were recorded in Tocantins between 2017 and 2021 (5 years). The information was released this Monday (19/09), International Day for Attention to Snake Accidents (Ophidians).
The most common occurrences with snakes are those involving pit vipers, with 2,899 records in the period related to data collection. In 2nd place are accidents involving rattlesnakes, totaling 616 records. The two snakes are quite common across the country and are among the most dangerous.
“It is important to emphasize that the snakes are only defending themselves. Care must be reinforced in environments where their natural habitat is or places suitable for their accommodation, such as rubble and sheds”, emphasizes the advisor for Zoonoses and Venomous Animals at SES, Iza Alencar.
Care and how to act
About 80% of cases with venomous snakes affect the extremities of the body (fingers, hands, feet, forearms and legs). If the bite occurs, the victim should be calmed down and taken immediately to the hospital. See more tips from biologist and Youtuber Henrique Abrahão Charles, an expert on this subject.