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(photo credit: Kaplan Medical Center)
Beware of the bites and stings of snakes and scorpions whose poison is
overflowing after their long winter slumber, Magen David Adom said on Tuesday.
In the last few weeks, MDA teams have repeatedly been called to give first aid
to victims of these reptiles, attacked in tall grass, crevices or when rocks are
The most recent case was a 16-year-old girl from a settlement in
Samaria who was bitten by a snake on Saturday night.
treatment, she was taken to Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva
and hospitalized in serious condition.
The Eretz Yisrael viper is found
all over the country, while other poisonous species are usually confined to the
Negev. When they awake from their winter hibernation, they are very hungry and
have produced large amounts of poison, the better to kill their
MDA urges that people wear high-topped shoes and long pants when
they enter areas with tall grasses and rocks. In gardens, such areas should be
cleaned, with unnecessary objects removed so snakes and scorpions do not hide
When camping, shake out clothing, shoes, sleeping bags and
tents to remove any dangerous creatures. In the event of a bite, calm the victim
and lay him on the ground so he can be motionless in order to slow the spread of
Call MDA on 101 immediately.
Never suck the toxin from
the wound and do not cut the skin to remove it. Do not use a tourniquet or cool
the area; this can cause more damage.
Do not give the victim
Take a photo of the snake and its skin pattern, so it will be
easier for the hospital staffers to identify it and determine if it is
Do not try to catch it.
There are 21 varieties of
dangerous scorpions in the country, MDA said. The riskiest are the yellow ones
and the black ones with large tails.
The toxin works directly on the
human neurological system.
The victim of a scorpion bite quickly develops
sharp pain, swelling, redness, a quick pulse, seating and vomiting.
the victim as quiet as possible and do not let him move.
Call MDA and do
what the duty officer advises until the ambulance arrives.