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Snakebite: the true disease burden has yet to be determined

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HJ de Silva ,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, LK
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A Kasturiratne,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, LK
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A Pathmeswaran,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, LK
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DG Lalloo

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, GB
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Abstract

Venomous snakes are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in tropical and subtropical countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America. Most snake bites occur in the rural tropics, and result in a high medical and economic toll. The reasons include poor access to [often suboptimal] health services, scarcity of effective and safe antivenom (AVS), survival with disability, and the economic impact of disabled young victims [1]. Despite this, snakebite has not received due attention and the main reason for this is the paucity of sound epidemiological data with which to make the case.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v58i3.6101

Ceylon Medical Journal 2013; 58: 93-95

Keywords: Snakebite  
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v58i3.6101
How to Cite: de Silva, H., Kasturiratne, A., Pathmeswaran, A. and Lalloo, D., 2013. Snakebite: the true disease burden has yet to be determined. Ceylon Medical Journal, 58(3), pp.93–95. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v58i3.6101
Published on 27 Sep 2013.

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