• 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).

Source:

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

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