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The management of snakebites in South Africa

I. Govender, J. Tumbo
South African Family Practice | Vol 61, No 3 : May/June| a4971 | DOI: | © 2019 I. Govender, J. Tumbo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 October 2019 | Published: 15 July 2019

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I. Govender, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
J. Tumbo, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

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Snake bites are common in southern Africa especially in the rural and remote areas. Although all snake bites are not venomous, people bitten by venomous snakes require urgent medical attention and many will require antivenom. In the healthcare facility, the type of toxin may be identified by the wound and presenting clinical features which then should be managed appropriately.


snakebite; venomous snakes; envenoming; antivenom


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