India's Snakebite Victims Could Be Offered Lifesaving Low-Cost Nasal Spray, Trinity College Dublin Study
7/21/2014 7:12:44 AM
Snakebites are a neglected health problem, despite causing up to 84,000 deaths a year worldwide. A new cheap and easy-to-use nasal spray could help reduce the toll, according to researchers. Antivenoms, traditionally designed to treat the most common deadly snakebites, are often expensive and can be ineffective if not used shortly after an attack. They do not work against the bites of all venomous snake species, something that may be hard to overcome because of the different ways they produce venom.
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