International Journal of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering
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International Journal of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, Vol.1, No.2, Sep. 2015, Pub. Date: Aug. 17, 2015
Scorpion Sting in Different Regions of Sudan: Epidemiological and Clinical Survey among University Students
Pages: 147-152 Views: 1186 Downloads: 913
Authors
[01] Nahla O. M. Ali, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan.
[02] Nuha O. M. Ali, Medical Oncology section, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Abstract
In this study, a survey was conducted among first class students of the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Khartoum in respect to being stung by scorpions. Data were collected from 200 students in a questionnaire, which includes information on age, sex, location, time of the day and activity when got stung, site of sting, symptoms and treatment. The collected data were analyzed and presented in this communication. The highest cases were reported from Darfur region (36%), followed by Khartoum and Gezira (16%). While, the lowest cases were reported from River Nile and White Nile (4%). 32% of cases were male, while 68% were females students. The average age of the cases ranges from 17–19 years, and most of them got stung in childhood at age of 7 years. Some cases have been got stung several times at different age. The time of the day at which cases got stung varied from early morning, afternoon to night. The activity of the most cases when got stung, was either outdoor activity or at sleeping time. A range of different clinical symptoms were reported by the different cases. The treatment adopted by all cases varied between traditional and medical ones. The significance of the above results is discussed in the light of existing literature.
Keywords
Scorpion Stings, Epidemiological, Clinical, University Students, Survey, Khartoum, Sudan
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