Addressing snakebite envenoming as a One Health issue in the Caribbean

Resiere et al.

To the Editor,

[Extract] The prevalence of snakebite envenoming and its understated impact on health and socioeconomic well-being in the Caribbean demand urgent attention. As a One Health challenge, this issue intersects human, animal, and environmental health, necessitating a multifaceted approach for comprehensive management (1). Despite the Caribbean’s rich biodiversity and cultural mosaic, there is a scarcity of data on the epidemiology and impact of snakebites in the region. This gap in knowledge, coupled with the absence of systematic records or survey-based studies, hampers the development of effective interventions. In countries such as Belize, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago, among others, venomous snakes pose a significant threat, particularly to those in rural agricultural settings [...]

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