A TEENAGER has survived two bites from one of the world's deadliest snakes thanks to the quick thinking of friends who recently completed a first aid course.Good on them!
Clinical effects of taipan snake bites
Taipan snakes have highly potent venom and can cause severe envenoming (envenomation) of humans. They are an uncommon cause of snakebites and occasional snakebite deaths in Australia at present, but represent a significant portion of major snakebites in coastal northern Queensland. Envenoming (envenomation) can cause defibrination coagulopathy, renal (kidney) damage or renal failure (kidney failure). They can cause neurotoxic paralysis (muscle weakness, respiratory failure), and this is common, and while clinical features of flaccid paralysis usually take several hours to become apparent, occasionally major paralysis develops within just a few hours of the bite. Bites can also cause myolysis (rhabdomyolysis, muscle damage), but this is uncommon and not usually severe. .