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Bees, spiders bite more than snakes
Friday, 30 May 2008
Over 11,000 people in Australia were hospitalised because of a venomous bite or sting between 2002 and 2005, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Clare Bradley of the AIHW’s National Injury Surveillance Unit, said that 3 in 10 bite and sting hospitalisations were because of wasp and bee stings.
‘Bee stings alone accounted for almost 25 per cent of all bite and sting hospitalisations,’ she said.
Bites from snakes accounted for just 15 per cent of bite and sting hospitalisations.
Other venomous bites and stings requiring hospitalisation in 2002-05 were attributed to venomous arthropods, such as ants, centipedes, and millipedes (10 per cent of cases) and venomous marine animals, such as jellyfish and stingrays (9 per cent).
The report, Venomous bites and stings in Australia to 2005, also revealed strong correlations between the rate of venomous bites and stings and place of residence.
Not surprisingly, residents of major cities had the lowest rate while residents of the very remote regions of Australia had the highest.
The highest rates of hospitalised bite and sting cases occurred in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, while the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria had the lowest rates.
Top 10 most venomous animals in Australia: here.
King brown snakes and cane toads: here.
Redback spider sex: here.
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