Living With Insect Bites

Mosquito Bite

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Hospitals in Warrington, UK (near Manchester) report that dozens of people every day have been seeking treatment for insect bites at hospital emergency rooms.  The insect bites are not life threatening and will go away if given time for the body to repair the damage. The numbers suggest a situation with a biting insect that is new to the area or unfamiliar to the residents.  If the bites are not serious and go away in a short time, then people who had experienced them in the recent past would not bother to go to a hospital.  Quite likely, those seeking treatment have not experienced these bites in the past.  The report makes no mention of the offending insect or whether it is a sting and not a bite.

The substantial numbers of people seeking treatment is putting a strain on the hospital system for admitting patients who truly have emergencies.  The recent surge in insect bites has prompted the hospitals to issue care sheets for insect bites and to deliver the message that those suffering from bites will be turned away.


About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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