Fatal snakebites rare in Missouri, but precautions advised - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Fatal snakebites rare in Missouri, but precautions advised

(Source: Loreto Cruz, KFVS) (Source: Loreto Cruz, KFVS)
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • What to do if you're ever bitten by a snake

    What to do if you're ever bitten by a snake

    Wednesday, May 27 2015 5:44 PM EDT2015-05-27 21:44:54 GMT
    Wednesday, May 27 2015 6:02 PM EDT2015-05-27 22:02:50 GMT
    Conservationists are asking you to be mindful of where you step to avoid a snakebite. 
    Conservationists are asking you to be mindful of where you step to avoid a snakebite. 
  • Snakes: Friend or foe?

    Snakes: Friend or foe?

    Friday, May 29 2015 11:35 PM EDT2015-05-30 03:35:40 GMT
    Friday, May 29 2015 11:45 PM EDT2015-05-30 03:45:28 GMT
    There 39 types of snakes in Illinois, four of which are venomous. The lattermost number is five in Missouri, but local experts say that's no reason to stay indoors this season.
    There 39 types of snakes in Illinois, four of which are venomous. The lattermost number is five in Missouri, but local experts say that's no reason to stay indoors this season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri conservation officials say that although fatal snakebites are rare in the state, people still need to take precautions when they are out in the wild.

A southwest Missouri man died last week after being bitten in both legs by a venomous snake and going home, instead of heeding his girlfriend's plea to go to the hospital.

Christian County Coroner Brad Cole says it will take eight weeks before lab tests come back with a cause of death, but he says no signs indicate it was anything other than snakebites.

The Missouri Conservation Department website says only two other deaths have been officially attributed to snakebites. But the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says five deaths since 2010 had snakebites as an underlying cause.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Heartland NewsNewsMore>>

  • MO schools depart from No Child Left Behind, look toward new plan

    MO schools depart from No Child Left Behind, look toward new plan

    Thursday, January 18 2018 9:17 PM EST2018-01-19 02:17:08 GMT
    No Child Left Behind was replaced in December (Source: KFVS)No Child Left Behind was replaced in December (Source: KFVS)

    No Child Left Behind was replaced in December 2015 with the Every Student Succeeds Act, and educational leaders in southeast Missouri are optimistic about transitioning to the new law in Fall 2018.

    No Child Left Behind was replaced in December 2015 with the Every Student Succeeds Act, and educational leaders in southeast Missouri are optimistic about transitioning to the new law in Fall 2018.

  • Structure fire in Cape Girardeau County, MO

    Structure fire in Cape Girardeau County, MO

    Thursday, January 18 2018 9:02 PM EST2018-01-19 02:02:06 GMT
    (Source: viewer submitted)(Source: viewer submitted)

    Whitewater Fire Department is fighting a structure fire off of Hwy. U and Diamond Lane in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. 

    Whitewater Fire Department is fighting a structure fire off of Hwy. U and Diamond Lane in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. 

  • IL lawmaker delivers speech after returning from Korean peninsula

    IL lawmaker delivers speech after returning from Korean peninsula

    Thursday, January 18 2018 8:37 PM EST2018-01-19 01:37:40 GMT
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Source: Wikimedia Commons)Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was at Georgetown University in Washington days after returning from an official trip to the Korean Peninsula. 

    U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was at Georgetown University in Washington days after returning from an official trip to the Korean Peninsula. 

Powered by Frankly