Zim boy, 13, dies of black mamba bite - report

2015-03-19 13:43

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Harare - A 13-year-old Zimbabwean boy has died after being bitten by a black mamba in the south of the country, the privately-owned Southern Eye newspaper reported on Thursday.

The boy was bitten twice on Monday morning.

Relatives rushed him to St Luke's Hospital in rural Lupane district but he died because there was no anti-venom to treat him.

The report quoted a source at the hospital as saying the whole of Lupane had no anti-venom medicine.

Black mambas are among the deadliest snakes in Africa. A bite can kill in hours.

Anti-venom exists for black mamba bites but it is not widely available in Zimbabwe.

Cases of patients surviving if they are put on a life support system have been recorded in the region.

A man died at the same hospital last week after a puff adder bite.

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