Bacterial flora of the oral cavity, fangs and venom of Bothrops jararaca: possible source of infection at the local bite

Culture of fang, fang sheath and venom of fifteen healthy freshly captured Bothrops jararaca were analised. The bacteria most frequently encountered were group D streptococci (12 snakes), Enterobacter sp. (6), Providencia rettgeri (6), Providencia sp. (4), Escherichia coli (4), Morganella morganii (3) and Clostridium sp. (5). The bacteria observed are similar to those found in the abscesses from Bothrops bitten patients. Since these snake mouth bacteria may be inoculated during the snake bite, bacterial multiplication and infection may occur under favorable conditions.

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