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Snake Bites Zoo Worker, and There's No Antivenom

'Incidents like this are very rare,' zoo says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2021 2:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – A San Diego Zoo employee was hospitalized Monday after being bitten by a venomous snake—one for which no antivenom exists. The zoo says the worker was bitten by the African bush viper—aka Atheris squamigera—in an area of the zoo that is off-limits to the public, KGTV reports. "Although the San Diego Zoo cares for a number of venomous reptiles, incidents like this are very rare," the zoo said in a statement, per KTLA, adding that the snake was "contained at all times with no risk of an escape."

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USA Today reports that the bush viper's venom can cause hemorrhaging and potentially death. There is no known antivenom for its bite, though people including a Texas man bitten by a bush viper he illegally kept as a pet have been treated with antivenom developed for the venom of other snakes (Read more snakes stories.)

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