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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1833
Snake in toilet and snake bite at genitalia: A concern for tropical countries

1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China

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Date of Web Publication11-Jan-2018

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Snake in toilet and snake bite at genitalia: A concern for tropical countries. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1833

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Snake in toilet and snake bite at genitalia: A concern for tropical countries. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Jul 19];10:1833. Available from:

Dear Sir,

Snake bite is a common problem in tropical countries. Snake can bite at any site of human body but some areas are very rare. Snake bite at genitalia is an extremely rare condition and limitedly reported.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7] In Thailand, as a tropical country, snake bite is very common. In May 2016, there are two interesting episodes of news on finding of snakes in cesspool in toilet. In case 1, the snake is a nontoxic rat snake and it bit the patient at penis causing severe injury. These episodes are very interesting implying the need for better design of toilet in the tropical world for preventing on snake to enter into the toilet. Electric light at toilet is also needed for preventing of toxic animal bite. Toilet is a place where unexpected event can occur and should not be overlooked.

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Won Sriwijitalai
RVT Medical Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.188521

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