Riscontri di ofidi in ambiente urbano. Analisi della ca- sistica in provincia di Cuneo e problematiche di sanità pubblicao.

Translated title of the contribution: [Evidence of snakes in urban areas. Analysis of cases in the province of Cuneo and public health issues].

M. Dutto, D. Lonati, M. Goyffon

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In this paper the authors analyse the cases of intrusion of snakes into urban environments in southern Piedmont (province of Cuneo) in the years 2010-2012 (up to may). In the study period there were 83 cases of intrusions in urban and domestic areas, mostly due to native harmless species (97.6%), while in 2.4% (n=2) of the cases alien species were responsible, and in 4.8% (n=4) poisonous native species were involved (Vipera aspis). The incidence of bites after a domestic intrusion is found to be 6% (n=5). All bites have resulted in loco-regional minor symptoms and occurred as a result of an accidental contact. In order to limit the risk of poisoning, the authors recommend the intrusions to be handled by properly trained personnel, since it can never be ruled out the presence of dangerous alien species on the national territory.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
JournalAnnali di igiene : medicina preventiva e di comunità
Volume24
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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