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Snake Deaths Far Higher Than Reported

As many as 46,000 Indians die each year

As many as 46,000 people, 23 times the official figure, die from snake bite in India every year, according to a report presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's annual meeting in Philadelphia. Most victims live in poor, rural areas, far from hopsitals, and in many cases are never treated for their bites. Complicating treatment is the fact that certain snakes' venom damages the nervous system, causing potentially lethal paralysi, before the victim exhibits symptoms. Strip tests that could quickly diagnose envenomation by two of Asia's deadliest snakes, the Russell's viper and the krait, are in trials.

Read more at the Times of India

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