UPDATE: A woman has been bitten by a brown snake in Queensland, the third snake bite this morning.
Emergency services rushed to Leichhardt in Ipswich around 11.55am after receiving reports of a snake bite.
A 32-year-old woman is being treated at the scene after being bitten by a suspected brown snake. She is expected to be transported to hospital shortly.
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It is the third snake bite in Queensland this morning. A 46-year-old woman was bitten on the ankle by a brown snake in Glenvale just after 9.45am, while a 12-year-old boy was bitten on the leg at Crows Nest at 9.00am.
Both have been transported to hospital for treatment.
Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner for Brisbane’s Metro South area, Peter Warrener, has shared some tips on what to do if you encounter a snake.
“If you’re cleaning up your property, be careful shifting timber, iron sheeting or similar materials as snakes can be lingering nearby,” he said.
“Also avoid walking through long grass, but if you have to, wear enclosed shoes and long pants and carry a compression bandage with you.
“Dispose of food properly, including pet food, and keep bird cages clean to prevent rodents such as mice and rats, which will attract snakes to your property.”
Mr Warrener urged everyone to have a first aid kit handy to treat a bite and to have a clear understanding of what to do in an emergency.
“If a snake bite does occur, call Triple Zero (000) immediately, and keep the patient as calm as possible to reduce the spread of venom around the body,” he said.
“Don’t wash the wound, as the hospital may need to test the area to identify the snake.
“Bandage over the snake bite firmly, then work up the limb starting at the extremities (fingers and toes) and splint the limb to keep it straight.”
EARLIER: A woman has been rushed to hospital after being bitten by a brown snake in Queensland this morning, the second snake bite in less than an hour of each other.
Emergency services rushed to Karingal Court, at Glenvale just after 9.45am after receiving reports of a snake bite.
A 46-year-old woman was bitten on the right ankle.
The bite comes less than an hour after a 12-year-old boy was bitten on the leg by a snake at Crows Nest at 9.00am.
He has been transported to Toowoomba hospital for treatment.