Snakebite in Lebanon: The painful reality
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Keywords

antivenom
emergencies
emergency department
Lebanon
Middle East
snake
species

How to Cite

Jabbour, E. . (2020). Snakebite in Lebanon: The painful reality. Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Medicine, (28), 64-68. Retrieved from https://mjemonline.com/index.php/mjem/article/view/97

Abstract

Unfortunately, snakes remain a nightmare for the villagers in Lebanon. Ninety percent of snakebites are non-venomous, and snakes are not aggressive and do not bite unless provoked. Among the 25 species that were observed in Lebanon, only three were identified as venomous snakes: vipera palaestinae, vipera lebetina and vipera bornmuelleri. The objectives of this article are to present the types of Lebanese snake species, and to provide a guide for management in the emergency department and the indications for antivenom use. Finally, we will present common misconceptions and the Lebanese situation concerning antivenom availability.

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