Second Portland Snake Bite Prompts Warning

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Monday, April 10, 2017
A second snake bite within a month has prompted a warning for Portland district people to keep an eye out for the reptiles and to learn basic first aid.

Portland District Health treated a young Portland person on Thursday night before he was transferred for further care in Warrnambool.

Early last month a Portland resident was treated at PDH for a tiger snake bite and later transferred to University Hospital Geelong.

The species of snake in the latest bite was not immediately identified.

CEO Chris Giles said both snake bite victims had presented after following first aide guidelines

It's a timely reminder that while summer is over, snakes are very active at present with the last warm autumn days, she said.

Ms Giles urged local people to be vigilant and to learn how to respond to snake bites. She recommended people follow advice from the following University of Melbourne website:

http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/departments/pharmacology/engage/avru/discover/first-aid


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