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Toxicon. 2019 Mar 1;159:1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2018.12.002. Epub 2018 Dec 27.

Snakebite burden in Sub-Saharan Africa: estimates from 41 countries.

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1
Infectious & Tropical Diseases Unit, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.
2
Institute of Research for Development, Paris, France.
3
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Tarrytown, NY, USA.
4
Infectious & Tropical Diseases Unit, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. Electronic address: abdulrazaq_habib@yahoo.co.uk.

Abstract

There is no reliable estimate of burden of snakebite-envenoming (SBE) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We derived from a meta-analysis the burden of SBE related deaths, amputations and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 41 countries in SSA. The annual burden was estimated at 1.03 million DALYs (95% Confidence Interval: 0.80-1.28 million DALYs). This is similar to or higher than the burden of many Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and the finding advocates for a commensurate resources allocation towards control of SBE.

KEYWORDS:

Burden; Disability adjusted life years; Snakebite; Sub-Saharan Africa

PMID:
30594637
DOI:
10.1016/j.toxicon.2018.12.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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