Scorpion sting epidemiology in Montes Municipality of the State of Sucre, Venezuela: geographic distribution

Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 1996 Mar-Apr;38(2):147-52. doi: 10.1590/s0036-46651996000200010.


Scorpion stings were surveyed in the Montes Municipality of the State of Sucre, Venezuela, aiming to extend the information on these poisonous accidents by characterizing their geographic distribution. From 1980 to 1990, 184 cases of scorpion stings were recorded with an incidence rate of 38.6 cases per 10,000 inhabitants. The locality of San Fernando presented the highest incidence (68.3/1000) of poisonous accidents. The highest percentages of severe cases were recorded in the towns of Arenas (27%), San Lorenzo (21%), and Cocollar (19%), which are located at the foot of the Turimiquire Mountains. This region is a dispersion area of scorpions of the Tityus genus. Our results show that this region of the State of Sucre is endemic for scorpion stings which are an important public health problem.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scorpion Stings / epidemiology*
  • Scorpions
  • Venezuela / epidemiology