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Oklahoma sees increase in pygmy rattlesnake bites


October 4, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A child's recent encounter with a small snake has highlighted a growing issue for Oklahoma, which is seeing an increase in snake bites.

Adyson Griffin, 6, was bit by a pygmy rattlesnake last month while playing outside, the Tulsa World reported. She was airlifted to a hospital and treated with 38 vials of antivenin.

Adyson is recovering, but her mother, Tammy Collins, said her blood platelet count remains dangerously low.

"(The antivenin) would raise her count and then it would drop right down again," Collins said.

Dr. Phil Barton, medical director of the Pediatric Int...

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