New recommendations to help standardise care of people bitten by snakes in Australia
The World Health Organization has declared snakebite a neglected tropical disease. Although Australia has many of the world’s most venomous snakes, the annual rate of envenoming here is much lower than in some other regions.1 In Australia, rates of snakebite are higher in tropical areas — a prospective study in the Northern Territory estimated the rate of envenoming to be 7.6 per 100 000 people per year.2 Sadly, there were at least three snakebite deaths in Queensland in the summer of 2012–2013.
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