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Phoebe officials raise awareness on snake bites

Victor Garcia, VP of Phoebe's Emergency Services Victor Garcia, VP of Phoebe's Emergency Services
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Fall marks the peak time for venomous snakes to be out in South Georgia. 

Folks learned more about preventing snake bites during a seminar at the Flint Riverquarium this weekend. Wildlife biologists talked about how to identify venomous snakes. Workers with Phoebe Putney's Emergency Services Community Outreach Committee say they've already seen some patients come to the emergency room with snake bites.

"One is too many but we've seen several and the effects can be devastating,” said Victor Garcia, VP of Phoebe Emergency Services. “So, really what we're trying to do here is promote injury prevention and awareness and really keeping people from out of the emergency center."

There are six types of venomous snakes that live in Southwest Georgia. Phoebe Putney's Emergency Services Community Outreach Committee plans to do seminars on burns and carbon monoxide poisoning, gun safety and farm accidents later on this year.

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