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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2018, 3(3), 90; https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed3030090

First Case Report of a Near Lethal Envenomation by a Salomonelaps par (Solomons Coral Snake) in the Solomon Islands

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GP Obstetrician, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Ngukurr Clinic, Ngukurr 0852, Northern Territory, Australia
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Peninsula Private Hospital, Frankston 3199, Victoria, Australia
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RN Kantonspital Basel 4031, Switzerland
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Received: 27 June 2018 / Revised: 1 August 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 21 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Snakebite Envenoming: Prioritizing a Neglected Tropical Disease)
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Venomous snake bites in the Solomon Islands can be very dangerous due to lack of access to health care. There are no documented case reports of envenomation by snake bites in the Solomon Islands. This case report highlights the management of a patient with potentially lethal neurotoxicity secondary to a Solomonelaps par (Solomons coral snake) in a low resource setting. This case identifies the potential benefit of further research to determine the incidence of lethal envenomation as well as analysing the venom to determine if any commercially available antivenom would be useful in the treatment of envenomation by Salomonelaps par and other venomous snakes. There should be consideration given to providing education on first aid for people living in remote areas as well as education for health workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: snake bite; Solomon Islands; neurotoxicity; Salomonelaps par; Solomons coral snake snake bite; Solomon Islands; neurotoxicity; Salomonelaps par; Solomons coral snake
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Luthy, S.; Rake, D.; Buchanan, T.; Schultze, C. First Case Report of a Near Lethal Envenomation by a Salomonelaps par (Solomons Coral Snake) in the Solomon Islands. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2018, 3, 90.

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