Seventh snake bite victim in just nine weeks

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has airlifted a seventh snake bite victim in just the past nine weeks.

A South Burnett woman in her 40s was clearing out a shed late yesterday afternoon when she moved a washing machine and felt something sting her finger.

Further reports suggest the woman spotted a snake in the vicinity but could not identify the species.

It is believed the woman's husband sighted another snake at the residence while seeking help.

The Toowoomba based RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was called to retrieve the patient from Dalby Hospital. 

She was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.

Since the start of spring, CareFlight has treated and airlifted six other patients with suspected snakebites.

CareFlight Critical Care Doctors urge people who suspect they have been bitten by a snake to stay calm and immediately call 000.

It's important to limit body movements to prevent the venom spreading and use a bandage to compress the bite, wrapping it tightly down the affected limb.


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