Snakebite a major health concern in north Kerala

  • | Monday | 25th November, 2019

Dileep V Kumar ByExpress News ServiceTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As the state mourns the death of Wayanad student Shahla Sherin, who died due to snakebite in classroom, a study by two doctors has found that snakebite is a major issue in North Kerala and delay in treatment is a major risk factor for morbidity. According to the officer, against this backdrop, the said study might shed new light on administering changes in dealing with snakebite incidents. The study that explores the clinical and epidemiological profile of poisonous snakebites in a tertiary care center in North Kerala has found that though it is an important health problem especially in North Kerala, which has an agricultural background, there are lack of studies in the issue. The other major finding is the presence of hump nosed pit viper and the ineffectiveness of anti-snake venom against its bites. At the same time another study on clinical profile of poisonous snake bite in children of North Kerala, published a year ago in the International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics, has highlighted that prompt referral of children with poisonous snake bite to centers where facilities in managing snake bite is crucial in preventing mortality.

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