DEERHORN VALLEY - A baby rattlesnake struck an infant several times outside a rural home near Barrett Lake Friday afternoon, sending the child to a trauma center for urgent care, authorities reported.
The emergency in the 20000 block of Manzanita Way in Deerhorn Valley was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.
According to a neighbor, the 17-month-old boy was playing on a back patio at the time. The family is from Oregon and is new to the area.
Medics airlifted the infant to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, said Kendal Bortisser, a fire captain with the state agency.
Child bitten by rattlesnake expected to be OK. Grandmother says he was playing in backyard when he was bitten.— Kandiss Crone (@10NewsCrone) May 3, 2014
According to the California Poison Control Center, nearly 800 people are bitten each year. Most bites happen between April and October when rattlesnakes, and people, are most active outdoors.