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Crocodile bites and poisonous mushrooms: The weirdest reasons Britons needed the NHS after lockdown


Crocodile bites, volcanic eruptions and ingestion of poisonous mushrooms.

These are just some of the strange ways Britons have hurt themselves in the first year after lockdown.

MailOnline has analyzed the most bizarre reasons why people in England needed NHS hospital care between April 1, 2021 and March 31 this year.

One case saw a 65-year-old woman bitten by a crocodile and three cases of people being sent to hospital after ‘marine animal contact’ in the comfort of their own home.

Natural disasters also played a role, with four admissions for exposure to volcanoes, according to data released yesterday.

There were also 52 cases of people being poisoned after eating poisonous mushrooms, down slightly from the previous year.

Having an ‘excessive libido’ was behind 28 admissions, with hundreds more to have ‘foreign bodies’ removed from rectums, vaginas and urethras.

Up to 10 Britons needed hospital treatment after being bitten by crocodiles in 2021-22, including three emergency cases

Up to 10 Britons needed hospital treatment after being bitten by crocodiles in 2021-22, including three emergency cases

While the nation’s attention was still focused on Covid for much of the year, other pathogens like anthrax and the plague also struck dozens.

Meanwhile, two men, one in their 20s and the other in their 60s, have needed NHS care after being exposed to ‘biological weapons’.

The NHS does not include patient information beyond their age and gender for confidentiality reasons.

This means that in theory a patient can appear multiple times in the dataset.

And the statistics don’t include cases where people might have seen their GP instead.

Also, some incidents are follow-up care rather than an immediate cause for admission.

For example, the UK has no volcanoes, so Britons being treated for injuries related to volcanic eruptions could have been injured abroad and then needed treatment on their return.

Some people are also diagnosed with an illness while being treated for something else, with doctors identifying a patient with an illness or condition only after they arrive at the hospital for a different reason.

Animal attacks from large and small creatures

Dogs continued to dominate as the leading cause of animal admissions, with nearly 10,000 for bites or collisions alone.

But a host of other creatures also sent Britons to the NHS last year.

Being hit or bitten by a “crocodile or alligator” was cited as the reason in 10 cases last year.

Bizarrely, two of them happened in patients’ homes, with others happening in places like zoos, wildlife parks, or “unknown” places.

The youngest case concerned a girl between five and nine years old and the oldest a woman over 90 years old.

Both were bitten by a crocodile while at a “school, other institution and public administration”, which could technically be a zoo. However, neither injury appears to have been serious.

Three cases were, however, with two admissions requiring hospital stay and one classified as requiring “emergency care”.

There have been 69 admissions for venomous snakebites, including 13 in those under the age of 18. Of the total cases, 13 were classified as emergencies.

The UK has only one native poisonous snake, the viper, although people can buy potentially deadly exotic species as pets.

Poisonous spiders were behind 21 admissions, while scorpion stings were behind three. One was even for a patient bitten or sprayed by a poisonous centipede or centipede.

Three admissions, involving at least two people, were sent to hospital after “contact with a marine animal” at their home.

Surprisingly, two were classified as emergency admissions.

Natural disasters, volcanic eruptions, toxic mushrooms and war

Four admissions, involving Britons in their 30s and 40s, required treatment due to a volcanic eruption.

All cases will have occurred overseas, as the UK has no active volcanoes on its borders. However, this cannot be confirmed by published data.

Just five admissions were of Britons struck by lightning in the most recent NHS data, up from 19 in the first year of the pandemic.

The ingestion of toxic mushrooms is the cause of 52 medical cases including 23 emergency cases.

Poisonous mushrooms were behind 52 hospital admissions in England last year, pictured here is a deadly Deathcap variety

Poisonous mushrooms were behind 52 hospital admissions in England last year, pictured here is a deadly Deathcap variety

Poisonous mushrooms were behind 52 hospital admissions in England last year, pictured here is a deadly Deathcap variety

One of the most bizarre cases in NHS data involved two men being treated for “warfare operations involving biological weapons”.

No details of the weapon involved were provided, but one man was in his early 20s and the other in his late 70s.

One of them needed to be monitored in hospital after being exposed to the weapon.

Disgusting diseases in 2021-22, from the Black Death to maggots in eyeballs

Covid may have continued to dominate the headlines for most of 2021-22, but there were other pathogens and infections that sent patients to hospital.

There were a total of 41 entries for The Plague, known as the Black Death for killing millions of Europeans during the Middle Ages.

It gets its name from the black-colored sores that appear on the body of infected people.

Caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, the disease was spread by fleas on the rats’ backs. In modern times, it is much less dangerous thanks to antibiotics, but can still kill if not treated quickly enough.

Most of the 41 cases in England were for pneumonic plague, an airborne version of the disease.

However, one case, in a 10-year-old boy, was the bubonic form of the disease, which produces the famous boils.

Illustration of the Yersinia pestis bacteria responsible for the disease known as the Plague or Black Death which killed millions as it swept across Europe in the Middle Ages.  28 Britons have caught the bubonic or pneumonic version of the disease, with 14 other cases being unspecified or unknown varieties of the disease

Illustration of the Yersinia pestis bacteria responsible for the disease known as the Plague or Black Death which killed millions as it swept across Europe in the Middle Ages.  28 Britons have caught the bubonic or pneumonic version of the disease, with 14 other cases being unspecified or unknown varieties of the disease

Illustration of the Yersinia pestis bacteria responsible for the disease known as the Plague or Black Death which killed millions as it swept across Europe in the Middle Ages. 28 Britons have caught the bubonic or pneumonic version of the disease, with 14 other cases being unspecified or unknown varieties of the disease

Five cases of anthrax were also reported in NHS 2020-21 data, a disease normally associated with ancient history or bioterrorism.

Four of these involved anthrax sepsis where anthrax spores enter the bloodstream directly, for example through a needle.

Cases of anthrax sepsis have previously been reported in the UK among heroin users.

The remaining case was an emergency admission for a 76-year-old man who caught cutaneous anthrax, where spores of the bacteria enter an open wound causing infection.

Most people who get this type of anthrax infection work with contaminated animals or animal products. It is almost always successfully treated if a person has access to advanced medical care.

One of the most heartbreaking infections recorded was ocular myiasis, where flies lay maggots in one or both eyes of a patient.

A total of 72 cases have been recorded, with patients having an average age of 62 years.

Sexual disorders and unfortunate insertions in intimate areas

Britons needed NHS treatment for a wide variety of sexual disorders in 2021-22.

A total of 28 admissions were of Britons diagnosed with ‘excessive libido’, which could mean they have been diagnosed with a sex addiction.

The cases were split almost evenly in terms of gender, with the average patient age being 58 years.

Five cases were recorded in patients over 85 years old. Yet, as with all reasons requiring treatment, some or all of these reasons may have been the same patient seeking care multiple times.

Three admissions among the men were for exhibitionism, a fetish where people get aroused by showing their naked bodies to others.

A 39-year-old man was treated for voyeurism, the practice of obtaining sexual pleasure by watching others have sex or watching them when naked.

Up to 28 Britons were diagnosed with 'excessive libido' by the NHS last year, with cases almost evenly split between men and women (stock image)

Up to 28 Britons were diagnosed with 'excessive libido' by the NHS last year, with cases almost evenly split between men and women (stock image)

Up to 28 Britons were diagnosed with ‘excessive libido’ by the NHS last year, with cases almost evenly split between men and women (stock image)

Almost 2,500 admissions were of Britons who had to remove foreign bodies from their rectum, vagina or urethra.

The NHS has recorded 1,121 cases of objects being removed from the rectum, a complaint twice as common in men as in women.

There are 1,073 objects removed from the vagina and 253 cases where someone has had an object stuck in the vagina. urethra.

Inserting objects into the urethra for sexual pleasure is called probing, but objects inserted in this way carry the risk of getting stuck, requiring medical attention to extract.

Origin: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk


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