Hotspots for Snakebite Risk

Up to 1.2 million snakebite envenomings and 140,000 deaths occur each year, but data is remarkably scarce on the location of the most vulnerable populations and what venomous snakes live where.
Oxford University researchers and colleagues mapped the ranges of 278 snake species, access to healthcare and antivenom availability in a new Lancet article. While antivenoms exist for 119 snake species, nearly 93 million people who live in remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia lack access to the antivenoms. The scientists urge governments to improve data collection and targeted expansion of antivenom access.
The Lancet

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