• Atta Muhammad Chandio
  • Pervaiz Sandelo
  • Ali Akbar Rahu
  • S. Tousif Ahmed
  • Amir Hamzo Dahri
  • Rashida Bhatti


Background: Snake bite is a common medical emergency in Sindh rural and the epidemiological features andmanagement of the cases vary from region to region. This survey was conducted to see the community practicesregarding the management of snake bite cases. Methods: We conducted a community based survey from 200 villagesfrom six different districts of Sindh. Results: 74.5% of snake bite cases seek the treatment from local doctors while25.5% use the other measures. 92% of the cases use different First Aid measures while 8% were not using any FirstAid measures. 55.5% of the people know about the Anti Snake Venom (ASV) white 45.5% do not know about it.Only 49% of the people were using different preventive measures against snake bite.


G. Thomas Strickland. Hunters Tropical Medicine 7Ul Edition

Manson. Hahr & Apted Manson's Tropical Medicine 18th

Edition 1982.

M. Iliyas et al. Community Medicine 4th Edition 1997.

Myint-Lovin et al. Bites by rursel’s Viper in Burma. Lancet

; 2:1259-1264.

Sutherland SK. Australian. Animal toxin’s Melbourne Oxford

University Press 1983.

Lalloo-DG. The epidemiology of Snake bite in Popua New

Guinea. Trans-R-Soc-Trop-Med-Hvg. 1995 Mar-Apr; 89(2):


Nhachi-CF. Snake poisoning in Rural Zimbabwe. J-Appl-Tox;

Col.1994 May-Jun; 14(3): 191-3.

Hati-AK. Epidemiology of Snake bite in West Bengal. JIndian-Med-Assoc- 1992 Jun; 90(6): 145-7.

Snow-RW. Prevalence and Morbidity of snake bite among

rural Kenyan population Ann-Trop-Med. Parasitol 1994 Dec;


Kulkarni-ML. Snake venom poisoning Indian-Pediatr. 1994

Oct; 31(10): 1239-43.

Aubert-M; Envenomation by exotic snakes. Med-Top-Mars

; 56(4):384-92.

Amaral-CF. Tourniquet ineffectiveness Toxicon 1998 May;


Jorge-MT. Effect of Antivenin administer ed in patients bitten

by snake Rev-Assoc-Med-Bras. 1994 Jan-Mar: 40(1):59-62.

Bhat RN. Viper snake bite poisoning in Jamma. J-Indian-Med.

Assoc. 1974: 63-383