Scorpion stings are on the rise in Jalisco and the season is just beginning

17/04/2021

In the State of Jalisco, intoxications due to scorpion stings are of great importance since the entity occupies sixth place in the country due to the number of cases and is above the national average. 

In Jalisco, up to this moment, there is a record of 8,381 cases of scorpion stings, which represents an increase of 4.5 percent in relation to the previous year, when there were 7,998, with women being the most affected by the poison.

The figure is high, considering that the hot season has just begun and it is between April and June when the scorpion reproduces, and consequently the number of cases of scorpion bites increases. 

In Jalisco, the municipalities with the most scorpion bites are Tomatlán, Cihuatlán and Mezquitic, while nationally, the state is in sixth place, after Guerrero, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Morelos and Nayarit.

It is important to emphasize, according to the official of the Ministry of Health, that scorpion bites are more common indoors.

Statistics on scorpion bites

In Mexico, in 2020, 266,853 cases were registered.

In Jalisco, 44,055 cases were registered in 2021.

In Jalisco, 50% of the patients who suffered a sting do not go immediately to receive medical attention within 30 minutes of the accident.

The Ministry of Health assures that it has a sufficient supply of antidotes to intervene in scorpion bites and bites from spiders and snakes.

How to prevent scorpion bites and what to do if one bites me?

Check the clothes and footwear you are going to wear.

Make sure bedding does not touch the floor to prevent the animals from climbing up.

Check the bed before lying down.

Check the condition of the house; if there are holes or cracks, repair them so that they do not serve as a refuge for scorpions.

If the roof is made of tin or tile, use a veil to prevent them from falling on the bed.

Prevent tree branches from touching a part of the house.

Cut the grass that surrounds the dwelling houses.

Do not store construction materials such as stones, bricks, or wood that are not being used.

Do not use home remedies to treat the disease and seek medical attention; the first 30 minutes after the sting are crucial.

By Mexicanist