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Scorpion season began early in the Vegas valley

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Updated: 5/08/2013 10:32 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Watch your ankles, and in this case out of Summerlin: your wrists.

It's scorpion season and they are already stinging people here in Las Vegas.

It all started in Charlene Larson's courtyard.

“And I started moving the little stacks of bricks and putting them over here and in so doing I picked up a stack that had a scorpion between the bricks,” Larson said.

Immediately she felt a surge of pain.

“And I was bitten right here. And it was instant agony. It was instant horrible pain,” Larson said.

She went to her doctor's office and she says because of her age he wanted to find some anti-venom but was unable to.

The doctor kept her at the office for four hours to watch her symptoms. She's OK but if you're stung and seriously hurting, not all local Emergency Rooms stock the anti-venom you need.

It's called "Anascorp."

“The ERs in this area are pretty good at knowing who has Anascorp at this point and whatever ER you go to if they feel like you need this medication they will generally send you to a facility that has it,” said Kyle Gunter ,a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Summerlin Hospital.

For the most part, scorpion bites are not deadly, just painful. The most vulnerable susceptible to neurological problems from venom tend to be infants and toddlers.

“Eye twitching, they can have seizures, muscle weakness, strange eye movements and increase in their salivation,” said Dr. Frank Pape, Director of Emergency Services at Summerlin Hospital.

Dr. Pape says most adults would probably never need the anti-venom unless they have three of the neurological symptoms.

Nevertheless, people should be aware scorpions are out and according to Bulwark Exterminators these creatures came out early this year, in February, because of a mild winter. And they like to come into houses and backyards and as Charlene Larson learned.

“You don't know where they will be next,” Larson said.

Some of the hospitals we found that have the anti-venom Anascorp are UMC, Summerlin Hospital, and both Sunrise and Sunrise Children's.

Some ways you can keep scorpions out of your home according to Bulwark Exterminators:
  • Seal cracks
  • Pull beds away from walls
  • Get bed skirts off the floor
  • Put feet of bed frames or cribs in mason jars.


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