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Travellers to tropical countries are often extremely concerned about the risk of bites and stings by venomous animals. This fear prompts many enquiries, usually at the last moment before departure, about the possibility of carrying first aid kits and antivenoms. In fact, these accidents are extremely rare because most travellers wear shoes and are far less exposed to venomous animals than indigenous peoples for whom bites and stings may be important causes of death or morbidity.


Journal article


Br Med Bull

Publication Date





423 - 439


Animals, Bites and Stings, Cnidarian Venoms, Fishes, Poisonous, Humans, Insect Bites and Stings, Mollusk Venoms, Scorpion Venoms, Snake Bites, Spider Bites, Travel