oa Central African Journal of Medicine - A Study of Snake Bites Admitted to a Hospital in Rhodesia

Volume 18, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The main features noted in a review of 186 cases of snake bites admitted to Harare Hospital have been reviewed. Several local systemic reactions were more frequent in the younger patients. The maximum number of snake bites occur between October and February. The review shows that the majority of patients bitten by a venomous snake in the Salisbury area make a rapid recovery and do not require antivenom administration. We find that high elevation of the affected limb is the single most useful factor in securing rapid recovery.

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