Man bitten by snake while clearing logs

2016-02-09 08:00
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Durban - A man was taken to a hospital near Durban after being bitten by a snake on Monday afternoon.

According to Netcare911 spokesperson, Chris Botha, the man was working on a smallholding in the Drummond area when he was bitten by what is believed to have been a night adder.

Reports indicated that the worker was clearing logs when he was bitten on the hand.

Paramedics stabilised the man at the scene before they transported him to a hospital in Chatsworth for the care that he required.

There have been several reports of snakebites recently as the reptiles become more active after the first major rainfall.

In January, a Jack Russell terrier died in the Free State after it was bitten by a Cape cobra which it killed in a bid to protect its pregnant owner and her 2-year-old daughter.

A bull terrier also killed a cobra that found its way into its owner's garage in Cape Town, while in December 2015, former Springbok shooter Peter Bramley and a 17-year-old girl were bitten on farms in the Free State.

A list of areas across the country and people who are snake removal experts in these areas can be downloaded at the website of African Snake Bite Institute.

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