Higher temperatures lead to more viper bites in Sweden

Viper bites are more frequent this year due to the unusually hot weather. In this picture, a viper in the Rosy Walter zoo in Honduras. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)
The unusally warm weather has meant more people than usual have been bitten by vipers this year.

Mark Personne is a physician at the Swedish Poisons Information Center. He says that everyone who thinks they’ve been bitten by a viper should seek professional care.

“Even if you haven’t had a very serious reaction to begin with, serious symptoms can come within the next few hours, and it’s impossible to tell for someone who’s been bitten how serious it is. So everyone should go to the hospital” he says.

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