Venomous Snake Bite in India - Why do 50,000 Indians Die Every Year?

J Assoc Physicians India. 2017 Aug;65(8):78-81.


Snakebite is an occupational hazard causing considerable morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly so in tropical countries like India. An estimated 50,000 Indians die due to venomous snakebite every year, seventy percent of whom are males between the ages of 20 to 50 years. Along with the associated morbidity and mortality, snakebite leads to a significant financial burden on the victim, both by way of hospital bills and labour hours lost. Snakebite is also a cause for considerable psychological stress among survivors. Most snakebites are eminently treatable and curable. Given a concerted thrust from all concerned , this menace could surely be curtailed considerably over the next few years.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antivenins / economics
  • Culture
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Snake Bites / mortality*
  • Snake Venoms / immunology
  • Snake Venoms / poisoning*
  • Socioeconomic Factors


  • Antivenins
  • Snake Venoms