Environment

Traveling in the Tropics? Tread Carefully.

A photograph of the author, Jason Woods.

By Jason Woods

July 31, 2018

Traveling in the Tropics? Tread Carefully.

In This Article

  • 5 million people are bitten by venomous snakes every year.
  • Yearly, snakebites kill more people than cholera, Dengue fever and Yellow fever combined.
  • 400,000 people suffer amputations, disfigurement or permanent disability due to snakebites annually.
  • Despite these figures, snakebite deaths are a largely ignored global public health crisis.