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Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases

On-line version ISSN 1678-9199

Abstract

EL OUFIR, R. et al. Scorpion sting: a public health problem in El Kelaa des Sraghna (Morocco). J. Venom. Anim. Toxins incl. Trop. Dis [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.2, pp.258-273. ISSN 1678-9199.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-91992008000200005.

The present study aimed at verifying the impact of a Moroccan strategy against scorpion stings and specifically at identifying the epidemiological features of patients envenomed or just stung by scorpions. It included 11,907 patients from El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Morocco, who were evaluated over five years (2001-2005). Most stings occurred during the hot period and mainly at night. The average incidence was 3.2 per 1,000 inhabitants; patients <15 years accounted for 34%, and the envenomation rate was 12%. Average lethality rate was 0.7%. Our work evaluated the efficacy of the adopted strategy based on indicators of follow-up, morbidity and lethality due to scorpion sting and envenomation.

Keywords : epidemiology; scorpions; strategy; indicators; El Kelaa; Morocco.

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