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>An envenomation is the process by which a venom or toxin is injected
>into another being via a bite, puncture or sting. Envenomation is
>always due to direct contact with an animal (or parts of it like drifting
>jellyfish tentacles). There are two possible mechanisms of injection:
>active, such as jellyfish or cone snails, or passive like lionfish or
>sea urchins. Injuries typically occur during shore entries or exits,
>incidental contact or deliberate attempts to handle a specimen.
>Envenomations are rare but can be life threatening and may require
>rapid first aid response. In this chapter, we will cover some common
>envenomations as well as some of the more rare, but serious cases.