Snake Bite Season Arrives Early In The Metro Area

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          According to the director of the Snake Bite Center at The University of Kansas Hospital, one person has been treated at the hospital for a venomous snake bite so far this year…after treating 24 snake bite cases last year. The mild winter in the Midwest means more people than usual are out and about this spring and more snakes are out and about too.

Dr. Stephen Thornton, medical director of the Poison Control Center, says it's important for people who have been bitten by a snake to seek immediate help at a designated snake bite center, such as The University of Kansas Hospital.

      In this video, Dr. Thornton talks about the most common types of venomous snakes in the Midwest, the myths about snake bites, why kids are more affected than adults by snake bites, how the anti-venom works, why not all hospitals can keep it on hand, the do's and dont's of what to do if you're bitten, and how to tell a venomous from a non-venomous snake.

      The video also includes b-roll of non-venomous snakes.