Development of a Snakebite risk map for Sri Lanka

Ediriweera, D.S., Kasturiratne, A., Pathmeswaran, A., Kithsiri, N., Gunawardena, B.A.W., Jayamanne, S.F., Kennedy, G., Isbister, A.D., Giorgi, E., Diggle, P.J. and Lalloo, D.G., Development of a Snakebite risk map for Sri Lanka.

Introduction

  • Snakebite is a neglected tropical disease
  • Snakebite causes significant morbidity and mortality in poor rural communities
  • Sri Lanka has 92 snake species
  • 80,000 snakebites occur in each year
  • Health care resources required for managing snakebite including anti-venom distribution is decided based on the administrative boundaries rather than based on scientific risk assessment

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