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The Country with the Highest Incidence of Snake Bite

Certain islands of the Ryukyu group, between Japan and Taiwan in the western Pacific, have the highest incidence of snakebite in the world. On average, 0.2% of the population - 1 in every 500 people - is bitten by a snake every year. Every person in the area has at least a 1 in 7 chance of being bitten by a snake at one time or another during their lives. The snake most responsible for this is the Okinawa habu (Trimeresurus flavoriridis); fortunately, most of its victims recover.

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