Teen airlifted to hospital after being bitten by snake

A teenager has been airlifted to hospital after being bitten by a snake on Moreton Island.

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to the Island around 9.30pm Monday, following reports of a snake bite.

It’s believed the 17-year-old man had captured a rough-scaled snake when he suffered the injury.


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He was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a stable condition for further medical treatment.

It is the fourth snake bite RACQ CareFlight Rescue crews have responded to in 11 weeks.

On 28 October, CareFlight’s Mount Isa helicopter airlifted a four-year-old girl from a property at Oorindi, approximately 80 kilometres from Cloncurry, after she was bitten on the toe inside the family’s living room.

The Bundaberg rescue helicopter flew to the aid of a teenage girl on 21 September.

She suffered a possible snake bite on her lower left leg at a sheep property north west of Gayndah.

On 26 August, a male Costa Rican tourist was bitten by a snake on Fraser Island, he was flown to Nambour General Hospital for further treatment.

CareFlight airlifted 21 people suffering suspected snake bites during the 2014-2015 financial year.

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