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India has highest number of snakebites in the world

Date: 09 August 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • An estimated 1.2 million snakebite deaths have happened in the country between 2000 and 2019. Snakebite envenoming is classified by WHO as a high-priority neglected tropical disease.
  • About 5.4 million snake bites occur each year across the world, resulting in 1.8 to 2.7 million Many snakebite victims, mostly in developing countries, suffer from long-term complications such as deformities, contractures, amputations, visual impairment, renal complications, psychological distress.
  • India has the highest number of snakebite cases in the world, accounting for nearly 50 per cent of the global snakebite deaths.
  • Farmers, labourers, hunters, shepherds, snake rescuers, tribal and migrant populations, and those with limited access to education and healthcare are high-risk groups for snakebites.