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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

Print version ISSN 1679-4974On-line version ISSN 2237-9622

Abstract

CARMO, Érica Assunção; NERY, Adriana Alves; JESUS, Cleber Souza de  and  CASOTTI, Cezar Augusto. Hospitalizations due to external causes involving contact with animals in a general hospital in the interior of Bahia State, Brazil, 2009-2011. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.1, pp.105-114. ISSN 1679-4974.  https://doi.org/10.5123/s1679-49742016000100011.

OBJECTIVE:

to describe the characteristics of hospitalizations due to external causes involving contact with animals in a general hospital in the interior of Bahia State (BA), Brazil, from 2009 to 2011.

METHODS:

this was a descriptive study using data on hospital admissions in Jequié-BA.

RESULTS:

there were 246 admissions owing to accidents involving contact with animals, especially venomous ones (83.3% snake venom, and 6.5% scorpion venom); most involved male victims (66.7%), the 20-59 year age group (50.4%), and people resident in rural areas (91.2%); most hospitalizations occurred during the night shift (39.0%) and on weekdays (69.1%); most cases had 1 to 3 day inpatient stays (50.8%), and 97.6% were subsequently discharged.

CONCLUSION:

snakebites and scorpion stings were the most frequent accidents and predominantly affected young men living in the rural area.

Keywords : External Causes; Hospitalization; Animals, Poisonous; Morbidity; Epidemiology, Descriptive.

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