Infant Recovering At San Diego Hospital After Multiple Snake Bites
Saturday, May 3, 2014
A baby rattlesnake struck an infant boy several times outside a rural home near Barrett Lake on Friday afternoon, sending the child to a trauma center for urgent care, authorities reported.
What To Do In The Event Of A Rattlesnake Bite
• Call 911
• Stay calm
• Wash the bite area gently with soap and water
• Remove watches, rings, etc, which may constrict swelling
• Immobilize the affected area
• Keep bite area below the level of the heart
The emergency in the 20000 block of Manzanita Way in Deerhorn Valley was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.
Medics airlifted the infant to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, said Kendal Bortisser, a fire captain with the state agency, said. T
The boy's condition was updated on the Deerhorn Valley Facebook page. His sister posted that he underwent anti-venin treatment and that doctors say he will be fine.
According to the California Poison Control Center, nearly 800 people are bitten each year. Most bites happen between April and October when rattlesnakes, and people, are most active outdoors.
KPBS media partner 10News contributed to this report.
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