A stinging new study has found the humble bee is responsible for sending more people to hospital, than snakes and spiders, in Australia each year.
The report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows around 3,500 people were admitted to hospital across the country in 2018 after contact with venomous animals and plants.
AIHW’s Professor James Harrison said while Australia is home to some of the most venomous animals in the world including spiders, ticks, and 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world it was bees the made up the biggest share of hospitalisations.
“The majority of hospitalisations for bee stings were due to allergic reactions, with bees and wasps responsible for 12 of the 19 deaths related to venomous bites and stings in 2017–18.”
However, it’s not all bad news, it appears the ACT is the safest place in Australia to avoid a potentially deadly interaction with a venomous creature.
The report found the ACT had the lowest rate of hospitalisations of any state of Territory with just 9 cases per 100,000 people.
The Northern Territory came in at number one with 31 cases per 100,000 people.