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Child bitten by diamondback rattlesnake

MIAMI (WFOR/CNN) - A Florida teen is recovering at Miami Children's Hospital after he was bitten Wednesday by an eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

Al Cruz, director of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Response Unit, said the boy is being treated with anti-venom, which is critical to his recovery.

The eastern diamondback is the deadliest snake in North America. It carries about five to eight times the amount of venom to kill a human.

In this particular case, the boy was bitten by one fang in the leg but he still had all the symptoms you would see associated with a bite from an eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

After attacked, people will have extreme pain, swelling, discoloration, tissue destruction and potentially blood disorders can occur in these cases as well.  

Officials say the teenager was walking in the woods when he accidentally stepped on the snake.

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