Man bitten by cobra
An Orange County man is being treated in a Chapel Hill hospital after he was bitten by a cobra snake.
“I just got bit by a king cobra and I’m on my way to the hospital,” Ali Iyoob told the dispatcher in a 911 call released by Orange County Tuesday afternoon.
A spokesman form University of North Carolina Hospitals told local media outlets Tuesday that Ali Iyoob is in critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Hospital spokesman Tom Hughes said Iyoob was brought to the hospital Monday night.
Emergency Medical Service workers say Iyoob was bitten at his home and the snake is apparently a pet.
The county animal services agency said in a statement that it has been to Iyoob’s home and the reptiles are secure and there is no danger to the public.
No other information has been released.
. According to a 2008 study published in PLoS Medicine, an estimated 20,000 human deaths occur each year from snakebites, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, though with the unreported incidents the total may be as high as 94,000.