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34. Take a Bite
Have you ever been bitten? Of course you
. You are surrounded by creatures that might, or
, bite. Even as you rest your head on
pillow, bedbugs are probably nibbling away at you.
live happily inside most pillows.
Take a walk
and you are a target for “man’s best
.” Hundreds of dog-bite victims visit US emergency rooms
. Many bites are terrible. A vicious attack on
young woman in France led to the first
transplant. To avoid the dogs in your neighborhood,
might want to hike into the desert or
woods. There, you run the risk of bites
rattlesnakes, scorpions, and blood-sucking ticks. Not to mention
, wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions. Even as they
becoming a threatened species, mountain lions are a
threat in southern California as man continues to
their hunting areas by building housing tract after
Speaking of housing, watch where you go
your house or garage. Shy but deadly, the
widow spider and the brown recluse spider make
comfortable in quiet areas of your closets or
. One bite from either of them can make
very sick; occasionally, people die from such bites.
, many people fear all spiders, not just the
dangerous ones. They squash them or run from
at first sight, not realizing that most spiders
actually beneficial to man.
If you’re concerned about
, don’t forget about rabid animal bites. Any warm-blooded
can get infected with rabies. Although humans in
US rarely get attacked by rabid animals, the
is painful and dangerous. You will most likely
if you are not treated properly within 48
of being bitten.