A “News Briefs” item of the AFN on Sunday, Feb. 16 featured snake safety advice from the Phoenix Herpetological Society. Wrong is “an estimated 80 percent of rattlesnake bites happen when homeowners take matters into their own hands.”

To the contrary, according to an ASU Consortium consisting of the University of Arizona, Mercy Gilbert Hospital (medical professionals and herpetologists) and Chandler Regional Medical, which provide anti-venom through their Emergency Medicine unit, a vast majority of rattlesnake bites occur among landscapers, farmers, and agricultural workers. These are people who make a living in the outdoors.

Sandy Jane Wong, MPA

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