More than 40 bitten by poisonous snakes

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Last year 43 people were bitten by one of the two venomous snakes in Switzerland – most suffered light to mild symptoms but one person did get severely ill.

No humans died of a snake bite – but one unfortunate dog did. 

The numbers have been released by Tox Info, the national poison help line. 

In total seven dogs were bitten – including the one that died. Only one other showed any serious effects. 

There are eight native species of snake in Switzerland – and two are poisonous. The adder and the asp viper. 

The last person who died with a snake bite was in 1961. Nowadays, antidotes are highly effective. 

The only danger to humans is if the victim suffers anaphylactic shock. 

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