Analysis of prevalence and characteristics of venomous snakebites in Croatia

Mihalić, Iva (2011) Analysis of prevalence and characteristics of venomous snakebites in Croatia. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

There are 15 snake species living in the area of Republic of Croatia, three of them being venomous – horned viper (Vipera ammodytes), common European viper (Vipera berus) and meadow viper (Vipera ursinii macrops). The aim of this retrospective study of hospital release letters was gaining better knowledge of danger of snakebites, their prevalence and consequences. Release letter were obtained from central hospitals in Zagreb county, City of Zagreb county and Brodsko-posavska county. Altogether, there was 61 release letters for the period from 1998 to 2008. Snakebite prevalence for Zagreb and City of Zagreb counties is 4,8 envenomings yearly (0,441 envenomings on 100 000 people), and 1,3 envenomings yearly (0,735 envenomings on 100 000 people) for Brodsko-posavska county. After reviewing the severity of envenomings using noted symptoms it was concluded that most cases are moderate with very few severe cases. There were no fatalities in the reviewed period.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: venomous snakes, snakebites, horned viper, common European viper, City of Zagreb county, Zagreb county, Brodsko-posavska county
Supervisor: Tadić, Zoran
Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 40
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 11:22
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 11:22
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2521

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