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Sorry this took so long to answer, I've been out in the field collecting sea snakes. In answer to your question, for insect envenomations allergic shock is the usual cause of death. For most other envenomation, allergic shock is not as much of a contributing factor towards death. This is not to say that it does not occur but just at a much lower frequency. As for staying calm, this is beneficial because the more active the victim is, the quicker the venom spreads. While staying calm will not ensure you will survive, it does greatly increase the odds of survival. For more info on venomous animals, have a look at my database at http://www.kingsnake.com/toxinology Cheers, Bryan
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