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Dangers of Australia (part 2)

But it’s not so bad...      

And now the question is: How the hell, then, will not Australia be the country with the most deadly fauna and flora in the world? Precisely because a few people die every year by poisoning. Depending on the source, the number of deaths related to bites and bites of animals, arthropods, shark, mollusks and plants vary, but on average are between five and seven a year.

Poisonous platypus? They are relatively peaceful, and barely interact with humans. Deadly jellyfish, octopuses and snails? With first aid measures you can survive without much trouble and authorities on the beaches are alert to any accident. Sharks and crocodiles? They do not usually target groups of people, and dangerous places are mostly marked. Toads, spiders and poisonous insects? Toads and most insects are not deadly to humans and there are antidotes to spider bites. Snakes? They do not tend to be aggressive, and with first aid measures can be endured until arriving at a clinic, where there are antidotes.

Survival Techniques

Now, this does not mean that Australian creatures are not dangerous, so it is always good to take precautions. If you are going to do outdoor walks, wear trekking shoes and hopefully thick socks or leggings, plus insect repellent. It is advisable to walk making noise to frighten snakes. If they are not provoked, they do not tend to be aggressive and they will get out of the way. At the end of the walk it is good to check behind the ears and body nooks to see that there are no ticks or leeches. (A park ranger told me that a poor walker had found him over a hundred and twenty leeches stuck to his body on a wet day.)
In case of a snake bite, a compress is applied over the wound and the person should remain motionless while asking for help. The pressure helps the venom not spread rapidly, and it can take several hours before there are fatal consequences.

In the sea (where life is more palatable) it is good not to get on foot peeled in rock pools, and not to take shells or unknown animals with your hands. If you are going to swim, make sure you do it in a group and see if there are any warnings on the beach. If you want to get to know the Great Barrier Reef, you will probably get a sting-proof suit during the jellyfish season, and if for some reason you might get a sting, it is recommended to have vinegar by hand and wash the wound with water as hot as possible (45 degrees Celsius is the norm). In the case of the sea wasp, it is very likely that the poor victim will have to be helped with mouth-to-mouth.

As the thousands of tourist who travel to Australia every year and millions of people that live in the country can attest, this great island is a place with an exuberantly beautiful fauna and flora, paradisiac beaches, excellent quality of life and a lot of friendly people, and it is a destination one hundred percent recommendable to either study, work or just meet.
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