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Risks to infants on Guam 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 frequency of snakebites on Guam. Over 50% of the emergency room visits for snakebite involved children less than 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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Risks to infants on Guam 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
Publisher Allen Press
Publisher location Lawrence, KS
Description 5 p.
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
Country Guam