Snake Bites In Australia there are about 3,000 snake bites per year, of which 200 to 500 receive antivenin; on average one or two will prove fatal. About half the deaths are due to bites from the
brown snake; the rest mostly from tiger snake, taipan and death adder. There have been some deaths which are sudden, however in fact it is uncommon to die within four hours of a snake bite. Struan Sutherland's 'Death from
snake bite in Australia, 1981-1991' ) has further details regarding the topic. In 1906, the untreated death rates were as high as 40% to 50% for tiger snake and death adder bites! This has been reduced considerably, due to
improved supportive treatment and the availability of effective antivenoms.
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