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Revista Paraense de Medicina

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MAESTRI NETO, Alvino et al. Aspects of Scorpionism in the State of Pará-Brazi. Rev. Para. Med. [online]. 2008, vol.22, n.1, pp.49-55. ISSN 0101-5907.

OBJECTIVE: study scorpion poisoning that happen in Pará-Brazil according to demographic and clinical variables. METHOD: Descriptive study of 303 cases of scorpion poisoning which happened in Pará, and were reported at "Centro de Informações Toxicológicas" (CIT-Belém) from 1998 to 2005. RESULTS: Belém was the city that presented the highest occurrence rate (54.1%). The highest number of reports was in the year 2003 (17.1%). Individuals of 20-29 years old were the most affected group (18.4%) and male (50.8%). 52% of the cases occurred in the patients' residence. About 66,6% of the incidents were considered mild. In only 0,6% fatal incidents in children were reported. CONCLUSION: the results show that scorpion poisoning can be considered a public health problem and that its gravity can change according to the mesoregion, influencing its lethality rate, which is similar to the national one.

Keywords : Pará; scorpionism; scorpion.

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