Mooi River man survives venomous snakebite

2016-02-03 11:01

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Pietermaritzburg - A Mooi River farmer was rushed to hospital on Monday night after he was bitten by a venomous snake.

The farmer, believed to be in his fifties, was bitten by the snake on Monday evening. However, before the snake could be identified it was killed by locals.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the team of medics responded to the call in Mooi River just after 9 pm.

“Medics met the patient on the way to the farm as he was put into a vehicle and raced to meet the ambulance,” he said.

Botha said although the snake was not identified, the farmer displayed symptoms typical of a cytotoxic snake.

Pietermaritzburg snake expert Mark Enslin said a cytotoxic bite is “very serious” as it attacks the cells and kills the skin and muscle tissue surrounding the bite.

“When one is bitten by a snake, remaining calm is important because the more stressed the person becomes, the faster the venom will spread,” said Enslin.

“If you are bitten, do not try to catch the snake. Go straight to the hospital where the doctor will be able to identify the snake from the bite and treat it with the correct serum,” he said.

Botha said on Tuesday that the farmer had been transported to Estcourt Provincial Hospital and was “in a very stable condition”.

He was discharged from hospital on Tuesday morning.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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