Officials from Virginia State Police race to get anti-venom for a man who was bitten by his deadly African pet viper snake: Officials

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According to news reports, Virginia State Police (VSP), jumped into action after a man was bitten and bitten by an African pit viper.

The identity of the man or his place of residence were not revealed. According to hospital officials, he remains in serious condition at VCU Medical Center. According to WTVR News.

The Virginia Poison Control reached out to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday. They provided 35 vials anti-venom for emergency transport by the state police to VCU Medical Center. Mackenzie Di Nardo (amusement spokesperson) told Inside Edition Digital. 

“Anti-venom is maintained at the Virginia Aquarium as a safety precaution for staff as the Aquarium cares for exotic, non-native species,” Di Nardo said. “This is common practice for zoos and aquariums that care for exotic animals as exotic antivenoms are not commonly found in general hospital settings. A supply of antivenom remains at the Virginia Aquarium to continue operations safely.”

The man was bitten last weekend by the snake. He was initially treated with anti-venom treatment from the National Zoo in Washington D.C., but another dose was needed to save his life, the Virginia State Police said, WWBT News

Corrine Geller, a spokesperson with the Virginia State Police Department, told Inside Edition Digital that officers retrieved the anti-venom treatment from the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach and then transported it to Richmond’s VCU Health. 

Geller said that this is not an isolated situation, however wild it may sound.

“We’ve actually transported anti-venom before to VCU Medical Center before so this was not the first time,”She said.

A spokesperson at VCU Medical Center told Inside Edition Digital that they were unable to provide any information since the person’s name had not been released.

The Gaboon viper or African Pit viper is one the most deadly snakes on the planet. Their fangs measure two inches in length, making them one of the most venomous snakes. An African Pit Viper bite can cause severe symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing and inflammation. Sometimes, it can even lead to death. 

 

 

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