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What is venom?

Venom is a poisonous fluid secretion of certain animals; venom is useful to the animal for capturing food or killing enemies. Venom can be injected into a victim's bloodstream during an animal bite or insect sting. If someone is bitten by a poisonous animal, be sure to keep that person as calm as possible. If the victim becomes agitated, the venom may spread more quickly through their system. By keeping the victim calm and quiet, you may help slow the spread of venom.

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