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Risks to infants from bites of the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Abstract

The brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis, is abundant on Guam and commonly invades human habitations. Data on emergency room visits on Guam document a high freguency of snakebites on Guam. Over 50% of the emergency room visits for snakebite involved children <4 years old. Records exist of 4 infants, 1, 2, 5, and 10 months old, who displayed significant symptoms after being bitten, while sleeping, by snakes. Two infants developed respiratory problems within a few hours and required medical treatment for asphyxiation. Lethargy, diminished sensory perceptions, drooping eyelids, swelling, discoloration, and bleb formation were variable in occurrence in the patients.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Risks to infants from bites of the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)
Series title:
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume
42
Issue:
6
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
607-611
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
First page:
607
Last page:
611
Number of Pages:
5