1.2 million died from snake bite in India between 2000-2019: Report -Anirudh Bhattacharyya

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published Published on Jul 7, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 13, 2020

-Hindustan Times

The World Health Organisation has estimated that between 81,000 and 138,000 people die from snake bites globally each year, and of these, nearly half are in India.

Nearly 1.2 million people died from snake bite deaths in India between 2000 and 2019, and many of these fatalities can be avoided by adopting a series of targeted precautions, a new study has pointed out.

Published in the open access journal eLife, the ‘Trends in snakebite deaths in India from 2000 to 2019 in a nationally representative mortality study’, was based on data collected from the Indian Million Death Study, a collaborative effort between the Toronto-based Centre for Global Health Research or CGHR and the Registrar General of India.

The World Health Organisation has estimated that between 81,000 and 138,000 people die from snake bites globally each year, and of these, nearly half are in India. Three times that number survive but may require amputations or suffer permanent disabilities.

CGHR executive director and senior author of the snake bite study, Dr Prabhat Jha, told the Hindustan Times there is “evidence of avoidability here.”

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Hindustan Times, 7 July, 2020, https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/1-2-million-died-from-snake-bite-in-india-between-2000-2019/story-zvG8RyFWr5F6ySoDofeuAM.html


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