Prevalence of snake bites in Kangar district Hospital, Perlis, West Malaysia: a retrospective study (January 1999-December 2000)

Jamaiah, I. and Rohela, M. and Roshalina, R. and Undan, R.C. (2004) Prevalence of snake bites in Kangar district Hospital, Perlis, West Malaysia: a retrospective study (January 1999-December 2000). The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 35 (4). pp. 962-965. ISSN 0125-1562,

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The records of 284 snake bite cases presenting to the Kangar District Hospital, Perlis, West Malaysia, from January 1999 till December 2000 were carefully reviewed. Data on prevalence and types of snake bites, were recorded. The majority of the cases were among Malays (60.2), followed by Chinese (16.9), Indians (13), and others which include Thai nationals, army personnel from Sabah and Sarawak, and foreign tourists (9.8). A higher incidence was found in males (60.2) and most cases were seen in the age group of 10-19 years (33). Snake bites were more common between 2 PM and 9 PM (47.6) and from 7 AM to 2 PM (33.4). The snakes were positively identified in 68 cases, of which 50 were common cobras (Naja naja) (73), 16 were Malayan pit vipers (Agkistrodon rhodostoma) (24) and two were sea-snakes (3).

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent adult aged child Chinese female groups by age human Indian major clinical study Malaysia male prevalence review sex difference snake snakebite Thailand Age Distribution Antivenins Child, Preschool Ethnic Groups Humans Infant Medical Records Middle Aged Retrospective Studies Sex Distribution Snake Bites
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 01:44
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 04:24

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