Snakebite is Under Appreciated: Appraisal of Burden from West Africa

by Abdulrazaq G. Habib, Andreas Kuznik, Muhammad Hamza et al.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(9): e0004088 (23 September 2015)

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Snakebite envenoming (SBE) is a major problem in rural areas of West Africa (WA). Compared to other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), the public health burden of SBE has not been well characterized. The authors estimated the impact of snakebite mortality and morbidity using the Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) metrics for 16 countries in WA. They conclude that the public health burden of SBE in WA is very substantial and similar to other more widely recognized NTDs. Efforts and funding commensurate with its burden should be made available for the control of snakebite in the sub-region.

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