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Document ID (ISN)109468
CIS number 09-454
ISSN - Serial title 1556-3650 - Clinical Toxicology
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Langley R.L.
Title Deaths from reptile bites in the United States, 1979-2004
Bibliographic information Jan. 2009, Vol.47, No.1, p.44-47. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract Each year in the United States, bites from reptiles cause thousands of injuries, but fortunately few deaths. This article reviews deaths from reptile bites over a period of 25 years. Mortality data was obtained using the CDC WONDER database allowing the analysis of deaths having occurred from 1979 to 2004 due to reptile bites. Information on race, gender, age and State where death occurred are reported. There were 134 deaths reported over this 25-year time period. Whites and males accounted for 93.3% and 79.1% of the victims, respectively; 55.9% of the fatalities occurred in five states. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; reptiles; bites; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; frequency rates; sex-linked differences; injuries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Animal hazards