New Snake Bite Serum To Save Your Life
Snake season 2010 is just beginning.
Not all snakes are poison, but each year over 400,000 people around the world are bitten by venomous snakes, and at least 20,000 of them die. WHO warns that these figures may be as high as 1,841,000 envenomings and 94,000 deaths. Fortunately, two companies have just released a new 2010 antivenin – an antidote to snake venom to be administered by doctors and hospitals.
Most serums are made by injecting small doses of snake venom into horses whose bodies develop anti venom, then withdrawing the blood.
Many victims are campers, or others who enjoy wilderness areas, hikers, picnickers or those who simply live in areas where snakes like too.
There is also a great deal you can do for yourself beginning by identifying which are most dangerous. These are:
Symptoms of a poisonous bite:
If bitten, seek emergency assistance as quickly as possible.
If you can’t get it or until then:
If it is not possible to get medical care within half an hour, American Red Cross recommends:
Most often, physicians use anti-venin – an antidote to snake venom – to treat serious snake bites. Anti-venin is derived from antibodies created in a horse’s blood serum when the animal is injected with snake venom. Because anti-venin is obtained from horses, snake bite victims sensitive to horse products must be carefully managed.
Best Action Is To Prevent Any Snake Bites:
Most bites occur when accidently stepping on a snake lying among underbrush. Watch where you put your foot, it can greatly reduce chances of snake attack.
When out in snake country:
The World Health Organization just opened a new website with extensive information.