2-year-old bitten at day care
Two-year-old Kiley Cook is the typical little girl, full of energy and smiles. But just last month Kiley was in the hospital with a blackened hand and swollen fingers, hand and arm after she was bitten by a copperhead snake on the playground at her day care center in Granbury, Texas, according to WFAA.
Day care officials told reporters that they always scan the playground for snakes and have never had an incident like this in the entire 18 years they’ve been open. They assured reporters that they will take extra steps, including the installation of a mesh fence, to keep snakes off the property.
The University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation reports that about 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year, and about five of those bites prove to be fatal. If you are headed out to the woods for a camping trip, are planning a wilderness hike or live in an area native to these slithering reptiles, use extra caution as you wander around this summer.
If you or someone you are with is bitten by a snake, there are a few things you can do to reduce your odds of serious side effects from the venom, according to the Mayo Clinic.