Poisoning by bites of the saw-scaled or carpet viper (Echis carinatus) in Nigeria.

  title={Poisoning by bites of the saw-scaled or carpet viper (Echis carinatus) in Nigeria.},
  author={D. Warrell and Davidson NMcD and B. Greenwood and L. Ormerod and H. Pope and B. J. Watkins and C. Prentice},
  journal={The Quarterly journal of medicine},
  volume={46 181},
The Saw-scaled or Carpet Viper (Echis carinatus) whose range extends from Senegal to Bengal probably bites and kills more people than any other species of snake. One hundred and fifteen patients with poisoning caused by its bite were studied in the savanna region of Nigeria, where victims of this snake may occupy 10 per cent of hospital beds. Patients showing no signs of envenoming were excluded. All patients had local swelling at the site of the bite. Other features included local blistering… Expand
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