Epidemiological Survey on Scorpion Sting Envenomation in South-West, Iran

AUTHORS

Hamid Kassiri 1 , Narges Mohammadzadeh Mahijan 2 , Zeinab Hasanvand 2 , Masoomeh Shemshad 3 , Khadijeh Shemshad 1 , *

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 Department of Medical Entomology and Vector Control, Faculty of Health, Ahwaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahwaz, Iran

2 Department, Member of Student Research Committee of Ahwaz, Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahwaz, Iran

3 Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 14 (8); e93275
Published Online: September 28, 2012
Article Type: Short Communication
Received: May 14, 2012
Accepted: September 24, 2012

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Abstract

Background : Scorpion stings cause a serious problem all over the globe. This study aimed to trace the epidemiological profile of scorpion stings and some common clinical symptoms in Dezful County.
Materials and Methods : Our work is an analytical cross-sectional study of scorpion stings based on medical files of stung patients referred during 2007- 2008.
Results : During 2007-2008, 820 cases were registered. 59.9% of the cases were from rural areas. The stings had the most frequency in spring months, particularly in June, when yearly temperature was favorable.
Conclusion : Based on the results of this study, scorpion sting envenomation is of clinical importance in this area.

Keywords

Epidemiology Scorpionism Iran

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