Man bitten by snake on smallholding

2012-04-07 08:10
Johannesburg - A 28-year-old man was bitten by a snake while walking around a smallholding in Benoni, on the East Rand, paramedics said on Saturday.

The man said he stepped on the snake while he was walking and it wrapped around his leg, ER 24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

"He said the snake was fairly sluggish, presumably due to the recent cold spells in the area. The patient also said that the snake may have been a rinkhals," she said.

Jackson said when paramedics arrived there was evidence of a bite but the severity and penetration of the bite was not known.

"They monitored him closely in order to treat further symptoms as they appeared with the possible toxin spread through the bloodstream," Jackson said.

He was taken to the Far East Rand hospital in a stable condition, she said.

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