Antivenoms ineffective for common fatal snakebite

4 Sep 2017
Image: Tom Charlton

University of Queensland researchers have found that antivenoms produced using snakes from one region may perform poorly or fail completely against the same species of snakes from other regions.

Saw-scaled vipers – found in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia – kill more people globally each year than almost any other kind of snake, and are treated with antivenoms produced using snakes from different regions.

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