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421,000 people poisoned by snakebites each year: study

November 4, 2008
And how many close shaves were there. I wonder.
clipped from news.yahoo.com

A youth watches cobras during the Hindu festival of

HONG KONG (Reuters) –
More than 400,000 people are poisoned by snakebites worldwide each year and 20,000 of them die, with most cases occurring in the poorest countries, researchers say.


In an article published in U.S.-based open access Public Library of Science Medicine, the researchers said the burden from snakebites was highest in South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.


Data on snakebites is far from comprehensive as most of them happen in places with poor healthcare systems and where record-keeping is generally poor or non-existent.


For this study, the researchers trawled through 3,256 published articles and extracted data on 68 countries.


They said, according to a conservative estimate, there are 421,000 cases of envenoming, or venom delivered through biting, each year and which lead to at least 20,000 deaths.


But the actual figures could be several times higher.

These figures may be as high as 1,841,000 envenomings and 94,000 deaths
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