Venom website hopes cut snake bite deaths

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London, May 5 (ANI): A website has been launched by the World Health Organisation which it hopes will help cut the estimated 100,000 deaths caused annually by poisonous snakes.

The UN health agency said that the site has a database of approved anti-venoms to treat the 2.5 million people who suffer venomous bites each year.

According to WHO, many anti-venoms are inappropriate and have led to a loss of confidence among doctors and patients, reports The Scotsman.

"The regions that are most in need are sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South-east Asia," said Ana Padilla, a snake venom expert at WHO.

WHO's co-ordinator for medicine safety, Dr Lembit Rago, said if the proper anti-venom is administered in time many deaths and serious consequences from snake bites can be prevented. (ANI)

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