Home World News When cleaning graves, pay attention to the fact that poisonous snakes are becoming more active and entering the haystacks. If a snake has bitten, first alert it. This way you can save yourself.

When cleaning graves, pay attention to the fact that poisonous snakes are becoming more active and entering the haystacks. If a snake has bitten, first alert it. This way you can save yourself.

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When cleaning graves, pay attention to the fact that poisonous snakes are becoming more active and entering the haystacks.  If a snake has bitten, first alert it.  This way you can save yourself.

Taiwan’s Tomb Sweeping Day and Children’s Day holidays are approaching, and the hot and humid climate has also increased snake activity. Zheng Yafen, section head of the Department of Disease Control and Prevention, said that if people go to wooded or mountainous areas to clean graves, enjoy flowers, climb mountains or go on walks, and if they visit bushes or grassy areas, When entering the U.S., they should be careful of snakes, do not turn over hollow trees or stones, and avoid doing so at night or at sunrise. To avoid being bitten by poisonous snakes, stay away from times and places where there is a risk of snakes, such as after rainy and sunny seasons.

Zheng Yafen said that if you are accidentally bitten by a snake, there are “five dos and five don’ts”. Five important points: treat the bite as if it were a poisonous snake, remember the appearance of the poisonous snake (taking photos is also acceptable), remove jewelry (to avoid swelling of the limbs), on the upper edge of the wound Apply a bandage (so as to slow the spread of the poison), stay calm and seek medical treatment as soon as possible; Five Don’ts: Do not cut the wound (to avoid infection), do not suck out the poison with your mouth (to avoid infection), do not apply ice (to avoid tissue necrosis), do not use alcohol or irritants. Do not drink beverages (to avoid intensifying the effects of the poison), and do not delay medical treatment.

Every year about one thousand people are bitten by poisonous snakes. The six most common venomous snakes in China are the hemorrhagic venomous tortoise shell flower, the red-tailed catfish (commonly known as the red-tailed green bamboo silk) and the hundred-step snake; commonly known as cobras) and umbrella snakes, as well as chain snakes which are both bloodsucking and nerve venomous.

Zheng Yafen said that the chain snake’s shape is like a chain; The white-footed snake has a very pronounced triangular shape on its head and triangular patterns on its body. It is found in mountainous areas at medium and low altitudes and does not usually actively attack people. The tortoiseshell flower also has a triangular head with a wavy pattern, which is thought to resemble a tortoise shell. It is found in fallen leaves, haystacks, etc., so when visiting such places, you should use trekking poles or an umbrella. Finish this before moving on.

Zheng Yafen said, “Among the two types of snakes, the cobra is the snake that likes to be outside during the day. When it is frightened, it raises its upper body and lowers its back to make defensive movements.” Opens the skin of the neck. It looks like a “rice spoon”; below there are white stripes and two dark spots, which also looks like “glasses”. The pattern of the umbrella part is black and white, but the head is oval. , which is different from ordinary venomous snakes; it appears in the morning or evening. Both of these snakes have neurovenom, so if you are bitten, seek medical help as soon as possible.

Zheng Yafen said that the treatment method for bites by poisonous snakes is to inject antivenom. CDC is the only agency in the country that produces and supplies antivenom. Currently, 194 medical institutions reserve antivenom for the public to provide emergency treatment. Since antivenom is If you need a medicine prescribed by a doctor, you should first go to “Antivenom Reserve Point Inquiry” (CDC Global Information Network home page/Vaccination/Antivenom Information/Antivenom Reserve Inquiry link) to find out about the nearest medical hospitals. You can use. Please do not buy medicines from here. Source unknown due to the antidote’s reserve status.

There are “five do’s and five don’ts” when bitten by a snake. (Provided by CDC)


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There are “five do’s and five don’ts” when bitten by a snake. (Provided by CDC)

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