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Volume 6 Issue 12 (December, 2018)

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Analysis of Deaths due to Snake Bites- A Forensic Study
Nihal Ahmad

Background: Human snake encounters with negative results such as animal death, habitat destruction, injuries to people, injuries to wildlife and the like are common. The present study was conducted to assess the cases of deaths due to snake bite. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted in the department of forensic medicine. It comprised of 112 deaths. Information such as name, age, gender, marital status, occupation, residential status etc. was obtained from deceased relatives. Results: Out of 112 victims, males were 80 and females were 42.  In 75 cases, deaths were due to poisonous snakes and in 47 cases, it was due to non- poisonous snakes. Workers were 40, farmers were 60 and students were 12, 74 were rural and 47 were urban, 88 were married and 34 were unmarried. Cellulitis was seen in 100, swelling in 98 and bleeding/ blisters in 67. Conclusion: In most of cases, deaths were due to poisonous snakes and maximum males were involved. Maximum deaths occurred in farmers and married.
Key words: Cellulitis, farmer, Snake.

Received: 15 September  2018                                 Revised: 16 November 2018                          Accepted: 18 November 2018
Corresponding Author: Dr. Nihal Ahmad, Associate professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Ataria, Uttar Pradesh, India
This article may be cited as: Ahmad N. Analysis of Deaths due to Snake Bites- A Forensic Study. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2018;6(12):42-44.

 
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