Snake bite: What to do for this

September 19, 2021 was International snakebite awareness day.

Snakebites are mostly seen in agricultural areas in the tropics. A snakebite is a medical emergency.

People in communities at risk should understand the care available for them if a snakebite occurs.

Hospitals, health facilities and first aid responders should have an active protocol for managing snakebites.

A venomous bite is called an “envenomation.” Timely medical care and wound care are essential.

Antivenom injection may be used for severe symptoms.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/snakebite.html

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/snakes/recommendations.html

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/snakebite-envenoming

Disclaimer: Education content only and not medical advice.

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