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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH (IJPR)   2014 , Volume 13 , Number 3; Page(s) 743 To 756.
 
Paper: 

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL REVIEW OF SCORPION ENVENOMATION IN IRAN (REVIEW ARTICLE)

 
 
Author(s):  JALALI AMIR*, RAHIM FAKHER
 
* DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY, SCHOOL OF PHARMACY AND TOXICOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER, AHVAZ JUNDISHAPUR UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, AHVAZ, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

This epidemiological review was carried out to display the magnitude and the geographic distribution of scorpion envenomation in Iran with focus on the southwestern region of Iran, particularly. The Iranian recognized scorpions belonging to two families, including Buthidae and Scorpionidae. Buthidae family consists of 14 genuses, 26 species, and 18 sub-species, while Scorpionidae family has three genuses and four species. The lack of basic knowledge, including the geographical distribution, clinical manifestations, and specific treatments related to scorpiofauna justifies such multidisciplinary studies. The venom of two endemic Iranian scorpions, including Hemiscorpius lepturus (H. lepturus) and Odonthubuthus doriae (O.doriae) have considered as an effective source of new neurotoxin peptides for the further development of physio-pharmacological probes and designing the clinical trials. Such epidemiological information may improve the determinants of Iranian scorpion stings in order to plan and implement effective public health intervention.

 
Keyword(s): SCORPION, IRAN, GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION, ENVENOMING, FAUNA
 
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