An Australian research has discovered that venom from bees and wasps, rather than those from jellyfish, spiders or snakes, poses a biggest public health threat, a study has revealed.
Spider bites caused 30 percent of venom-related hospital admissions while snake bites only accounted for 15 percent.
Ticks and ants caused five deaths and jellyfish killed three people.
While snake bites requiring hospitalization may be significantly less common than stings and bites from bees, wasps, and spiders, they're no less deadly when it comes to causing fatalities - and in fact are the most lethal proportionally.
Bees and wasps killed 27 people, Only one case of a beekeeper and one case of a snake catcher recorded.
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Dr. Welton said because a lot of people were being stung at home, it highlighted the importance of well-resourced first aid kits. In Queensland, there are more snake bites. No spider bite fatalities were registered.
Public health expert Ronelle Welton with the University of Melbourne's Australian Venom Research Unit combed national hospital records spanning from 2000 to 2013 to look into where and why venomous injuries and deaths occur.
Dr. Welton said that while it is natural to be afraid of snakes, a person is more likely to die after being attacked by a dog or being thrown off a horse.
While three-quarters of people who died from snakebites made it to hospital, she said, only 44 percent of people who died from an allergic reaction to an insect sting got to a hospital.
"More than half of deaths happened at home, and nearly two-thirds (64%) occurred, not in the isolated areas we might expect, but rather, in major cities and inner-regional areas where healthcare is readily accessible", she said.
"But particularly in South Australia, we had the highest number of deaths from anaphylaxis".
"Without having a previous history of allergy, you might get bitten and although nothing happens the first time, you've still developed an allergic sensitivity".