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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53-55

Epidemiology of snakebite reported in a Medical College Hospital in Tamil Nadu


1 Department of Community Medicine, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Kattankulathur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Critical Care and Clinical Toxicology, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Kattankulathur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Muthunarayanan Logaraj
Department of Community Medicine, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Kattankulathur, Chennai - 603 203, Tamilnadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.110566

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Snakebite is one of the serious medical problems in India; however reliable data on epidemiological and treatment seeking behavior related to snakebite are very few. Hence a cross-sectional study was carried out at a tertiary care hospital among patients admitted with history of snakebite with a pretested structured questionnaire. Analysis of 106 reported cases of snakebite showed that 87.7% of the victims were in the age group of 15-59 years. Snakebite was twice common among males compared to females. Among the snakebite victims 46.2% were agricultural workers. Out of 84.9% snakebite victims who had seen the snake, only 24.5% killed the snake and brought for identification. Nearly two fifth of the cases were reported during the months of July to September. More than three fourth of the bites occurred in the lower limbs and nearly 69% of them occurred at night.


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