4 February 2018
Keracunan makanan selepas memakan daging seekor lembu yang mati akibat dipatuk ular tedung selar.
CAPE TIMUR, Afrika Selatan – Seramai 12 orang disahkan maut manakala berpuluh-puluh yang lain dimasukkan ke hospital akibat keracunan makanan selepas memakan daging seekor lembu yang mati akibat dipatuk ular tedung selar, kata pihak berkuasa kesihatan semalam.
Mangsa yang terkorban terdiri daripada tujuh dewasa dan lima kanak-kanak.
Pada Khamis lalu, portal Mail Online melaporkan 60 orang penduduk Kampung Mpoza, berhampiran bandar Tsolo, dekat sini terpaksa dikejarkan ke beberapa hospital selepas mengalami cirit-birit, muntah-muntah, sakit kepala dan kejang perut dipercayai akibat bisa ular yang meresap dalam daging lembu tersebut.
Daripada jumlah itu, seramai 16 orang kanak-kanak dihantar ke hospital, lapan daripadanya dipindahkan ke wad pediatrik Akademi Hospital Nelson Mandela manakala selebihnya dibawa ke Hospital Negeri Mthatha.
Jurucakap Jabatan Kesihatan Cape Timur, Afrika Selatan, Sizwe Kupelo berkata, memandangkan jumlah kematian agak besar, pihaknya telah memilih untuk mengasingkan pesakit dan memantau keadaan mereka.
“Hospital St. Barnabas di Libode telah bersedia menerima pesakit tambahan bagi kes ini. Orang ramai digesa tidak memakan bangkai lembu yang mati akibat dipatuk ular kerana ia hanya mengundang padah jika kamu berbuat demikian,” katanya.
7 April 2016
Singer bitten by king cobra dies after continuing performance and refusing antidote http://bit.ly/22esymx
Irma Bule, a 29-year-old Dangdut (a genre of Indonesian traditional popular music) died after she was bitten by a king cobra in the middle of a performance on Sunday (April 3).
Many Dangdut artists use gimmicks to stand out from the crowd, and Ms Bule was known for dancing with snakes in her performances, Coconuts Jakarta reported.
In the performance at a West Java village, she accidentally stepped on the snake’s tail while performing her second song, and was bitten on her thigh.
She had mistakenly thought that the snake had been defanged, but the bite caused snake venom to be injected into her bloodstream.
According to a witness in the audience, Ms Bule resumed her performance instead of seeking immediate medical attention.
She even refused an antidote from a snake handler, Indonesian news website Merdeka reported.
But she begun vomiting and having seizures 45 minutes after she was bitten and was then rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died soon after.
Meeting a King Cobra
A friend, a rubber planter (but who has since converted his estate to oil palm), was riding on a trail bike through his estate with his kepala (supervisor) at the back. They saw the tail of a huge snake sticking out from a bush beside the track.
“Stop, boss!” the kepala said. “It’s a python. Makes good eating.”
They got off the bike, walked up to the tail, grabbed it and counting One, Two, Three, jerked hard, expecting to jerk it out of the bush.
The snake was too heavy to be jerked out. Suddenly, it flipped its tail and up they went, over the bush and into the small stream on the other side.
My friend came back up to the surface, only to see the snake coming into the water after them, and yelled, “King Cobra!”
Both waded quickly to the other bank and ran all the way back to the estate office. When they returned in the jeep, with a shotgun, the king cobra was gone.
It was a close shave for them!
THE KING COBRA
(adapted from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)
It seems unfairly menacing that a snake that can literally “stand up” and look a full-grown person in the eye would also be among the most venomous on the planet, but that describes the famous king cobra.
King cobras rarely attack humans, but one bite contains enough venom to bring down an elephant.
Photograph by Mattias Klum
King cobras can reach 18 feet (5.5 meters) in length, making them the longest of all venomous snakes. When confronted, they can raise up to one-third of their bodies straight off the ground and still move forward to attack. They will also flare out their iconic hoods and emit a bone-chilling hiss that sounds almost like a growling dog.
Their venom is not the most potent among venomous snakes, but the amount of neurotoxin they can deliver in a single bite—up to two-tenths of a fluid ounce (seven milliliters)—is enough to kill 20 people, or even an elephant. Fortunately, king cobras are shy and will avoid humans whenever possible, but they are fiercely aggressive when cornered.
King cobras live mainly in the rain forests and plains of India, southern China, and Southeast Asia, and their coloring can vary greatly from region to region. They are comfortable in the trees, on land, and in water, feeding mainly on other snakes, venomous and nonvenomous. They will also eat lizards, eggs, and small mammals.
They are the only snakes in the world that build nests for their eggs, which they guard ferociously until the hatchlings emerge.
King cobras may be best known as the species of choice for the snake charmers of South Asia.
Although cobras can hear, they are actually deaf to ambient noises, sensing ground vibrations instead. The charmer’s flute entices the cobra by its shape and movement, not by the music it emits.