Puff adder victim airlifted to hospital

2011-01-28 00:00

AN unidentified woman was airlifted to Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital after she was bitten by a puff adder while working in a sugar cane plantation in the Dududu area of the South Coast yesterday afternoon.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said they found the farm worker in the clinic on the farm and rushed her to the hospital.

“It is believed that the female was walking through long grass when she was struck in the calf by the snake. Fellow workers rushed her to the farm clinic for emergency treatment,” said Botha in a statement.

He said the KZN coast is known for having snakes around especially at this time of the year.

The woman is in a stable condition.

Snake handler Mark Enslin said various snakes are found in sugar cane plantations. He said the bite is typical of a puff adder.

“It’s a very slow-moving snake. It’s aggressive and it strikes very fast. A bite damages the victim’s cells and causes the swelling of the skin,” said Enslin.

He warned people that puff adders and mfezi are out in the Wartburg area at the moment, while boomslangs are already going into houses.

He said green and black mambas, Mfezi, Mozambique spitting cobras rock pythons and puff adders are all fairly common in the South Coast area.

— Witness Reporter.

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