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SNAKEBITE NEWS

In India, over 64,000 people die of snake bites each year—the highest globally

November 10, 2022 9:38 pm

India accounts for almost 80% of global snakebite deaths yet it is not categorised as a notifiable disease. Though the government has now agreed to include snakebite prevention under a national programme, doctors and experts in West Bengal say a lot more needs to be done at the ground level.

Python found in changing room: As temperatures dip, snake sightings in Chandigarh take a nosedive

November 09, 2022 7:28 am

The Common Krait, Russell's Viper, Spectacled Cobra, Rat snakes are in abundance in Chandigarh.

'Be on guard, clear vegetation growth around your house': Experts on threat from snakes

October 01, 2022 4:05 pm

The few symptoms of the bite include tightening of the facial muscles in 1-2 hours of the bite and inability of the bite victim to see or talk, and if left untreated, the patient may die from respiratory paralysis within 4-5 hours. A clinical toxicology study reports an untreated mortality rate of 70-80%.

Now an anti-venom for local snake species

August 17, 2022 6:20 am

IISc ties up with Bharat Serums to make India's first test batches of region specific anti-venom. Existing products are only applicable for the Big Four snake species— the spectacled cobra, common krait, Russell’s viper, and saw-scaled viper. ‘The Sind krait extends all the way from Punjab to Karnataka. Considering the toxicity of this snake and death resulting from it, we need ASVs that are effective against them,’ says Dr Kartik Sunagar, head of study

Make snakebite notifiable disease, set up institution for it under ICMR: Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar

April 25, 2022 11:58 am

All patients of snakebite envenomation should receive antivenom treatment free of cost in private hospitals too, wrote Dr Bawaskar in his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Snakebite first aid: Essential dos and don'ts

December 27, 2021 1:04 pm

According to the WHO, the number of people bitten by snakes each year globally could be as high as 5.4 million (54 lakh)

Maharashtra: Man dies after being bitten by snake while exhibiting it in public

July 29, 2021 10:47 am

The incident took place on Wednesday after Mohammad Shaikh caught the snake in Sanjay Nagar area of Mumbra township, they said.

Kerala startup develops biosensor device that could revolutionise snakebite diagnosis

July 19, 2021 7:11 pm

Indriyam Biologics Pvt. Ltd has come up with an ingenious device that performs species-specific diagnosis of snake envenomation. The adverse effects of the prevalent polyvalent anti-venom strategy can be avoided with the help of this innovation.

Borders melt for Indian patients seeking treatment in Nepal’s snakebite treatment centres 

November 10, 2020 8:24 pm

Snakebite patients in northern West Bengal use the Indo-Nepal border crossing to enter Nepal on their way to the snakebite treatment centre at Chaarali. 

‘For every two HIV deaths, there is a snakebite death... yet very poor awareness about it’

September 20, 2018 11:53 am

The disease burden could be far bigger, as according to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 10 per cent of snakebite cases is reported.

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