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    Thank You Mr Snakes

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    Thanks Johan, excellent summary.

    Deaths from snakebite have been identified as one of the neglected health problems in the undeveloped world, by international health organizations. Especially highlighted is the fact that antivenom is harvested from innoculated horses with the attendant serious potential side-effects. Energy and resources are being prioritised to develope antivenoms that have a far lower risk of adverse reactions, long overdue in this day and age.

    It is a fact that insufficient financial resources are directed to medical problems that do not affect the wealthy.

    I hope the article explains to those travellers visiting isolated places why it is impossible and unreasonable to carry antivenom outside a fairly sophisticated hospital facility.
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    Thanks Johan for the article, and Stan for expanding. I had this discussion with friends who are visiting the Kaa area on their own in September, they believed they could simply take a couple of vials of antivenom with them. They are experienced travellers, but somehow had never digested that this would be a very bad idea. I quickly shot any thought of that down, and have now sent them the link to Johan's page for reference.

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    Very informative read and something everyone must know.

    Looking at the medical bill part of that its clear one cannot be without a medical aid if one is able to afford it. A snake bite is also not your average visit to the ER and might land you in ICU.

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