The psychological impact of snakebite, a neglected aspect in WHO snakebite treatment guidelines for Africa

Snakebite envenoming and psychological co-morbidity

  • Jules Tolboom self-employed consultant international child health & nutrition
Keywords: Snakebite treatment, WHO Guidelines, Lubwe Mission Hospital, Zambia, Puff Adder, Psychological Co-morbidity

Abstract

From a historical case of systemic envenoming and depression in Zambia details were kept. Presenting features fitted a viper bite, warranting polyvalent antivenom intravenously. Applying presently used ‘WHO guidelines for prevention and clinical management of snakebite in Africa’ (2010), indicate a puff adder (Bitis arietans) bite and similar treatment. Snakebite treatment guidelines need an update on psychological co-morbidity.

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Published
2021-04-06
How to Cite
Tolboom, J. (2021). The psychological impact of snakebite, a neglected aspect in WHO snakebite treatment guidelines for Africa. Medical Journal of Zambia, 48(1), 67 - 69. Retrieved from https://mjz.co.zm/index.php/mjz/article/view/764
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Case Reports