The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, informed the Lok Sabha in April 2012 that there had been a total of 1440 deaths due to snake-bites in India in 2011. He added that as many as 380 of these cases were from West Bengal, 296 from Odisha and 258 from Andhra Pradesh…‘In a nationwide study by Mohapatra et al., it is stated that there are 45 900 snake-bite deaths every year all over the country. The differences between these figures indicate that there is gross under-reporting of snake-bite deaths throughout the nation.’ The study by Mohapatra et al., published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases in April 2011 (2011;5:e1018), was based on verbal autopsies or field reports and covered 1.1 million homes throughout the nation.
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