Night-time snake attack puts woman in hospital
A WOMAN was rushed to hospital after a suspected snake bite at North Mackay.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the woman in her 30s was reportedly bitten at a private property about 7.55pm.
She was taken to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.
Last month emergency doctors raised the alarm after an increase in snake bite presentations in the Mackay Hospital and Health Services region.
From September to October, 28 people were treated for snake bites in the region's emergency clinics, compared to 17 for the same period last year.
Mackay Base Hospital Emergency Department physician Dr Neale Thornton urged people to be vigilant about snakes while temperatures were on the rise.
"We're never out of snake season in the Mackay, Isaac or Whitsunday regions but the warmer weather usually means an increase in snake activity," Dr Thornton said.