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US NewsSnakebites are 'world's biggest hidden health crisis'

09:20  16 may  2019
09:20  16 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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This follows last year’ s decision by the World Health Organisation to add snakebite to the organisation’ s list of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) Finally, there is a critical need for better data on the actual burden of snakebites around the world . Experts already predict that the real number of

"The biggest global health crisis you've never heard of". Kofi Annan. The Australian Venom Research Unit is proud to present the Premier run of From a Kenyan hospital patient to a rice farmer in India, victims of venomous snakebites are the faces of a staggeringly widespread global crisis the world

Snakebites are 'world's biggest hidden health crisis' © Getty An Indian snake catcher holds open the jaws of a venomous Russell's viper

The World Health Organisation (WHO) figure is an upper-estimate because bites are not always recorded effectively in the countries they are most common.

Of the roughly 5.4million people who suffer venomous bites around the world each year, 400,000 suffer life-changing injuries such as paralysis or amputations.

Scientists have described snakebites as the world's biggest hidden health crisis.

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Existing methods to make antivenom, using antibodies extracted from horses, have not changed since the 19th century and lead to a high risk of contamination and adverse reactions in patients.

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Snakebites are a growing public- health crisis . According to the World Health Organization, around 5 million people worldwide are bitten by snakes The world ' s handful of snakebite specialists gathered in a small conference room in the Palais des Nations—although they shared concern over the

» The Snakebite Crisis | Snakebite : The World ' s Ignored Health Crisis . That’s the typical reaction from just about anyone in the developed world when first learning about the enormity of the never-ending snakebite crisis plaguing the rural poor on soils far away from the comforts we enjoy.

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Snakebites are 'world's biggest hidden health crisis'

Professor William Hayes from the department of Earth and biological sciences at Loma Linda University, Southern California, survived a bite from a baby rattle snake.

He told Sky News it "hurt like a son of a gun" and was "not a pleasant experience".

Professor Hayes also told us about some of the world's deadliest snakes.

Several factors needed to considered when assessing the the relative danger of a species, such as their proximity to human populations, their venom toxicity, and how widely-spread they are.

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