People.com Lifestyle Pets San Diego Zoo Employee Hospitalized After Being Bitten by Venomous Snake “Incidents like this are very rare,” a San Diego Zoo spokesperson tells PEOPLE By Naledi Ushe Naledi Ushe Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 13, 2021 06:22 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: getty images A San Diego Zoo handler was hospitalized on Monday after being bit by a venomous snake. The incident occurred when the employee was caring for the African bush viper, scientifically known as Atheris squamigera, in a private area of the facility, a San Diego Zoo spokesperson tells PEOPLE in a statement. The spokesperson adds, "In keeping with our protocols, the staff member was immediately taken to a hospital for evaluation and medical care, and we remain in close contact." The spokesperson later shared a positive update, telling PEOPLE, "We are pleased to share that the team member is at home and doing well, and on the way to a full recovery." getty images Australian Rescue Volunteers 'Mooed to Respond' to Call About a Cow Stuck in a Swimming Pool "Although the San Diego Zoo cares for a number of venomous reptiles, incidents like this are very rare," the spokesperson says. The African bush viper has no antivenom treatment specific to the species, according to the Seneca Park Zoo. National Geographic listed symptoms of a bite from the snake as "serious kidney damage and disrupt blood clotting and flow" and "severe inflammation, hemorrhaging, and tissue death. The outlet also states, "Their venom typically kills within days." RELATED VIDEO: National Zoo Panda Learning to Climb The reptile "can cause fevers or internal bleeding, which can be fatal," a study from the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) revealed. Although, the ACMT found that antivenom treatment for other snakes was effective in treating a "healthy" 32-year-old amateur snake keeper that was previously bitten by an African bush viper. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Antivenom used for other snakes was also effective in treating a Dallas man in 2015 that was bitten by an African bush viper he was illegally keeping at his home, The Dallas Morning News reported.