News 2.12.2016 10:44 am

Cobra spits deadly venom at security guard

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The cobra spat its toxic venom in his face, which went directly into one of his eyes.

A security guard employed at a safari park in Botha’s Hill, Durban, was admitted at hospital after he had a close encounter with a highly venomous Mozambique Spitting Cobra.

According to a medical director at Meditech, Michelle Smith, the man was doing a security check at a perimeter fence and had stepped up on a ledge on Saturday when he saw the snake, Highway Mail reported.

“Unaware of its species, the Mozambique Spitting Cobra spat its toxic venom in his face, which went directly into one of his eyes,” said Smith.

Meditech was alerted and dispatched advanced life support paramedics immediately.

The guard was treated at the scene and taken to a specialised facility in Durban for ongoing antivenom treatment.

“The man was admitted in hospital for observation for a few days to see if the venom and treatment had any adverse effects,” said Smith.

The Mozambique Spitting Cobra is very a common snake in Africa and has potent venom.

– Caxton News Service

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