At least one local hospital emergency room says there has been a dramatic increase in the number of snake bite cases they have treated.
Medical personnel at Corpus Christi Medical Center said the summer is the most active snake bite season, but they have had three cases in just the last four weeks. That compares to just one case during the spring.
Doctors say that, while children can be at risk if they are not careful, it is usually adults who are the victims.
"Adults get into trouble sometimes," said Dr. David Blanchard of the Corpus Christi Medical Center. "You know, particularly, perhaps those that are under the influence of maybe some spirits, wine, stuff like that, where their judgement is a little bit impaired and they get a little, their inhibitions go away and they get a little more risque and do things that they probably shouldn't do with these snakes."
Doctors advise being cautious when hiking, gardening or stepping in brush. They say you should wear ankle high boots, and avoid times when snakes are most active -- at night and near dusk and dawn.
If bitten, of course, they say you should seek medical attention right away.
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