In 2017-2018 over 3,500 Australians were hospitalised due to contact with venomous plants & animals.
26% (more than a quarter) were caused by BEE STINGS.
Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the WORLD.
Australia is home to some of the most venomous animals in the WORLD.
The majority of hospitalisations for BEE STINGS were due to ALLERGIC REACTIONS.
Bees & Wasps were responsible for 12 of the 19 DEATHS related to venomous bits & stings in 2017-2018.
Spider bites accounted for 19% of all venomous bite & sting related hospitalisations.
of those REDBACK SPIDERS were responsible for 42.5% of those hospitalisations.
followed by WHITE-TAILED SPIDERS & FUNNEL WEB SPIDERS.
the type of spider was UNKNOWN in 45% of all cases.
Venomous snakes are responsible for 17% of hospitalisations
type of snake unknown in 34% of cases.
BROWN SNAKES accounted for 36%
Followed by BLACK SNAKES & TIGER SNAKES.
Australia also has some of the world’s most venomous MARINE ANIMALS, including the Irukandji jellyfish.
Contact with venomous marine animals accounted for just under 400 hospitalisations and 0 deaths, with stinging fish (including stonefish and stingrays) responsible for 320 hospital admissions, followed by jellyfish (73 cases).
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
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