• Situation of Snakebite in Africa

    The Situation

    Envenoming by snakes is an important public health problem in Africa, where an estimated 500000 cases occur annually (Chippaux, 1998a), resulting in high mortality and morbidity (Chippaux, 1998a; Theakston et al.,… Read more →

Highest incidence of snakebite in Africa occurs in the West African savanna

Highest incidence of snakebite in Africa occurs in the West African savanna

The highest incidence of snakebite in Africa occurs in the West African savanna region. In this region, saw-scaled or carpet vipers (E. ocellatus, E. leucogaster, E. jogeri), spitting cobras (Naja nigricollis and N. katiensis) and puff adders (Bitis arietans) are common causes of serious envenoming. Throughout eastern and southern Africa, the puff adder is thought to be responsible for most… Read more →