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Poisonous and Venomous Animals, Animal Poisonings

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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2020-2021

Course director

Dr. Gellért GERENCSÉR (gellert.gerencser@gmail.com), assistant professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OSF-MAA-T  |  2 credit  |  Dentistry |  Optional module  |  both semesters

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

24 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 24 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 1 – max. 20 person

Available as Campus course for 20 student(s). Campus-faculties: GYTK


Worldwidely more and more people keep those animals (with or without permission) which are capable to cause severe poisonings. Nevertheless more and more people traveling abroad which means high risk to get animal-related toxicity. The course tries to familiarize the students with the theoretical and practical background of poisoning caused by the most important animal groups, including the venom characteristics, pathophysiology and basic medical care actions.


  • 1. Introduction and basic concepts - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 2. Statistical data on animal poisonings - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 3. Sponge related envenomations - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 4. Cnidaria caused envenomations, case-reports (the Portuguese Man-O-War and Box jellyfish related envenomations) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 5. Molluscs poisonings I., Shellfishes, case reports (shellfish related poisonings) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 6. Molluscs poisonings II., Snails, case reports (Cone shell related poisonings) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 7. Molluscs poisonings III., Cephalopodes, case reports (Common blue-ringed octopus related poisonings) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 8. Annelids and Echinoderms poisonings, case reports - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 9. Arthropods poisonings, Crustacea and Centipede related poisonings, case reports - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 10. Poisoning caused by insects (butterflies, diptera, ants, bees and wasps), case reports (butterflies, wasp and bee related envenomations) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 11. Arachnid poisoning I. (spiders), case reports (Black widow, Loxosceles sp.) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 12. Arachnid poisoning II. (scorpions, ticks and mites), case reports (american scorpions, ticks) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 13. Fish and Amphibians poisoning I. (active), case reports (rays, scorpion-, fire-, stonefish) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 14. Fish and Amphibians poisoning II. (passive), case reports (tetrodotoxin, ciguatera-, scombrotoxin) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 15. Amphibian poisonings, case reports (toads, newt related poisonings) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 16. Reptiles and lizards poisoning, case reports (lizard related envenomations) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 17. Snakebite poisoning I. - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 18. Snakebite poisoning II. - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 19. Snakebite poisonings III., case reports - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 20. The mechanism of snake related venoms - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 21. Poisoning caused by Birds, case reports (pitohui and quail envenomations) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 22. Poisoning caused by Mammals, case reports (shrews and platypus related envenomations) - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 23. The general medical care of animal poisonings - Bérczi Bálint Dániel
  • 24. Medical care and treatment of snakebite poisonings - Bérczi Bálint Dániel



Reading material

Obligatory literature

There isn't.

Literature developed by the Department

In Neptun.


There isn't.

Recommended literature

Steve Backshall: Venomous Animals of the World, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
Dietrich Mebs: Venomous and Poisonous Animals: A Handbook for Biologists, Toxicologists and Toxinologists, Physicians and Pharmacists, Medpharm; 2002

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 25 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

A simple choice test has to be done on the last lecture.

Making up for missed classes

No possibility

Exam topics/questions

In Neptun


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars