Baby dies after being bitten by cobra in Davao del Norte

A 7-month-old baby died after being bitten by a cobra at his home in San Isidro town, Davao del Norte.

According to the relative, the left the baby for a while on Thursday afternoon on the terrace of the house to get some rice.

It is said that the child suddenly cried and in less than 5 minutes it turned black.

At first, the thought the dog bit the child but discovered a cobra when they destroyed the floor of the child’s bed.

“Lumabas ang cobra mula sa flooring at tila nagalit habang nakatingin sa mga tao,” said the child’s relative.

The snake has been killed so that it does not become a danger to the community.

Baby dies after being bitten by cobra in Davao del Norte

The baby was buried on Saturday, which was supposed to be 8 months old this Monday.

The Philippine cobra also called northern Philippine cobra, is a stocky, highly venomous species of spitting cobra native to the northern of the Philippines. The Philippine cobra is called ulupong in Tagalog, carasaen in Ilocano, and agwáson or banákon in Cebuano.

The venom of the Philippine cobra is a potent postsynaptic neurotoxin that affects respiratory function and can cause neurotoxicity and respiratory paralysis, as the neurotoxins interrupt the transmission of nerve signals by binding to the neuromuscular junctions near the muscles.

Research has shown its venom is purely a neurotoxin, with no apparent necrotizing components and no cardiotoxins. These are capable of accurately spitting their venom at a target up to 3 meters (9.8 ft) away. The symptoms of a bite might include headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, and difficulty breathing.

2 DPWH employees survive ambush

Two staff of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) survived an ambush in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.

Engineer Eva Bedonia, chief of quality assurance of the DPWH- 4th District Engineering Office, and driver Rogelio Serilo Jr. were about to enter the office when their pick-up was suddenly shot by 2 people on a motorcycle.

The 5 bullet wounds hit the passenger side where Bedonia was sitting.

According to the Sta. Barbara Police Station, Bedonia may be the target of the ambush as they continue their investigation into the incident.