Published: 2017-09-22

Epidemiological profile of snake bite at tertiary care hospital, East India

Anubha Srivastava, Animesh Gupta, Sanjay K. Singh


Background: Snakebite is a common medical emergency and an occupational hazard for majority of Indian population especially farmers. Epidemiological data on snake bite from the East India is sparse.

Methods: This hospital based prospective study was conducted from March 2013 to February 2014. 200 cases of snakebite poisoning were admitted to the hospital during the study period.

Results: Majority of victims belonged to the age group of 15-45 (60%), resident of rural areas (92%) and were involved in agricultural activities (60%). The study population was predominately bitten outdoors (66%), in the lower extremity (86%), at night (82%). Respiratory muscle paralysis (66.7%), ptosis (66.7%), coagulopathy (60%), acute renal failure (55.6%), shock (55.6%) were the signs associated with poor prognosis.

Conclusions: Snakebite is an important occupational hazard, though preventable in principle remains to be one of the common medical emergencies.


Epidemiology, Poisoning, Snake, Snake bite

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