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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Louisiana Snakebite

A Morehouse Parish woman was bitten by a copperhead while walking the gravel drive of her trailer park. She said it felt like being hit with an ice pick. EMTs called the Sheriff dept. to deal with the snake, so that the hospital would know which antivenom to use. Doctors decide the bite wasn't serious enough to warrant antivenom, and gave antibiotics to stave off infection. They would have had to send for antivenom, which wasn't stocked by either of two local hospitals. (News source.)

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