First aid

Bites and stings

Insect bites and stings

Insect bites and stings are common and, although bothersome, seldom have serious consequences.

Dog bites

Dog bites may cause injury and septic wounds, and carry the risk of transmitting tetanus and rabies.

Snake bites: what to do

South Africa has several venomous snakes. Here's how to prevent snake bites and what to do if someone gets bitten.

Snake bites in children

Snake bite is uncommon in South Africa. The main types of poisonous snakes are adders, cobras, mambas and boomslang.

Bites and stings

Insect bites and stings usually cause little harm unless there is a severe allergic reaction.

Snake bites

Snake bites are seldom fatal, but they can cause permanent injury. Here's help.

Tick bites

Tick bites seldom lead to serious problems, but some ticks may transmit organisms which could lead to illness.

How to identify rabies

Rabies is a fatal viral infection carried in the saliva of warm-blooded animals. Here is how to prevent infection.

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