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  • Not all bites and stings cause serious illness.
  • Seek medical attention following any snake bite.
  • Don’t use tourniquets, don’t cut the puncture site and don’t try to suck out the venom.
  • In the case of ticks, don’t try to kill the tick before removal as this may cause it to inject more poison.
  • For further information and advice following a bite or sting call the Victorian Poisons Information Centre on Tel. 13 11 26.

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Reviewed on: 12-10-2022