Revealed: Seven people treated by NHS in a year after crocodile attacks

David Mercer, news reporter
Seven people were treated in England for attacks by crocodiles or alligators in a year

At least seven people attacked by crocodiles or alligators were treated in hospitals in England in a year, NHS figures show.

Five men and two women went to A&E after being bitten or struck by the reptiles - including five emergency cases - from April 2017 to March 2018.

Some 47 people were admitted to hospital after "contact" with venomous snakes and lizards.

There were also 65 people treated for bites by venomous spiders, according to the report on NHS patient care.

One person was treated following "contact" with a centipede or venomous tropical millipede and two people were admitted to hospital after stings by scorpions.

A total of 32 people were admitted to hospital for bites by rats, while there were 625 A&E visits for stings by wasps, bees and hornets.

Dogs were the cause of the highest number of hospital admissions due to animal-inflicted injuries, with 8,014 people treated after bitten or struck by the pets.

The NHS does not hold information on whether the injuries were inflicted in the UK or abroad, but that treatment was carried out in England.

In 2017, after it was revealed the NHS had treated three crocodile attack victims, then health secretary Jeremy Hunt joked about the statistics on Twitter.

"Sounds like I need to commission a strategy paper on this one," he wrote.