Portable Snakebite Security

An Epi-Pen for snakebites may be in our midst, but it will take awhile to get here.

Snakebites are deadly everyday threat in rural, tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America, killing around 100,000 a year and disabling some 400,000.

Cumbersome to produce and to administer, few antivenins are on the market—keeping prices high. But a novel approach tested in mice showed promise in neutralizing snake venom with portable injectable nanoparticles—which require no refrigeration—without bringing on allergic reactions. But portable snakebite security is a long way off, and as far as clinical trials go, “there aren’t many volunteers,” said UC Irvine’s Kenneth J. Shea.

The New York Times

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