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2/14/2015

Hossam M.Al-Tatari, M.D.

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Alligator bites

16 reported crocodile attacks in Northern Australia (1981-1991)

Four of these were fatal.

Most attacks resulted from swimming or wading in shallow water (13/16)

Half the victims were known to be affected by alcohol.

The majority of attacks occurred in failing light or at night (10/16).

Injuries in survivors ranged from minor lacerations and puncture wounds to major abdominal, chest and limb trauma.

Death in fatal attacks was caused by transection of the torso or decapitation.

Microorganisms isolated from wound swabs included Pseudomonas, Enterococcus, Aeromonas and Clostridium species.

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