Boy (8) succumbs to snake bite

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Mutawatawa boy died after he was attacked by a green mamba while picking mangoes from a tree at the weekend.

BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA

Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza yesterday confirmed the incident.

“I confirm the death of a boy in Mutawatawa, who was bitten by a snake in a mango tree on Friday,” he said.

According to police, on November 30, at around 3pm, the boy went to the garden in search of mangoes, but encountered a green mamba that bit him on the left arm.

He was taken to a nearby clinic before he was transferred to Murewa Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

2 Comments

  1. Like other mambas the eastern green mamba is a highly venomous snake. The venom consists of both neurotoxins and cardiotoxins. The toxicity of individual specimens can vary greatly based on several factors including geographical region, age, seasonal variation, diet, and so on. Symptoms of envenomation by this species include swelling of the bite site, dizziness and nausea, accompanied by difficulty breathing and swallowing, irregular heartbeat and convulsions progressing to respiratory paralysis. Bites that produce severe envenomation can be rapidly fatal.

  2. Nicholas Tavengwa

    what is the state of preparedness in all health institutions when it comes to snake bites. from the above story it proves that anti venom is not readily available in most health centres. Ministry of health should seriously look into the issue. this time of the year there are many snakes roaming around.

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