Residents Asked to Take Precautions Against Snakes at Night

Residents asked to take precautions against snakes at nightShenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital reported an increase of snakebite incidents this month, since the hot weather tends to bring snakes out into the open. The hospital is the only one that has snakebite treatments and so far have treated three people who were brought in with snakebites.

Incidents mostly happened during the night, poisonous snakes like the green bamboo snake and kraits have been the primary culprits. Other incidents involved non-life threatening bites from other non-poisonous snakes.  People were posting in the internet that they were seeing snakes in Lianhua Hill Park, Wutong Mountain, Fairy Lake Botanical Garden and the Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park. Some people have seen snakes in residential areas as well.

Keepers of the Shenzhen Safari Park are advising people to avoid shrubs and trees, especially during the night. Residents are also advised to wear pants and thick socks while walking and to bring walking sticks for protection.  If bitten, residents should not panic and must take immediate measures after being bitten. A tourniquet must be tied ten centimeters above the wound and the bite area must be cleansed with water. Pressure must be placed on the wound and the patient must rush to the hospital as quickly as possible.

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