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Introducing a new series of snakebite training videos

Freely available online in French, Spanish and English, "Snakebite and Treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa" summarizes knowledge from experts in public health, biology, manufacturing, and clinical care.

What can be done to correct the antivenom shortage in Africa, and to bring prices down, worldwide?

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The forest cobra, Naja melanoleuca, is common throughout sub-Saharan west Africa. Emergency medical care after its bite includes prompt administration of antivenom, to prevent nerve paralysis.

In Part 1 of this article, I described a . . .

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March 15, 2017

The Vicious Circle of Antivenom Shortage

What's going on in Sub-Saharan Africa?

What is going on with the shortage of antivenom in Africa?

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Discontinuation of Sanofi Pasteur's Fav-Afrique brought attention to a longstanding shortage of antivenom in sub-Saharan Africa.

Followers of this blog may rightly wonder what happened, after the “Giving African Doctors a Voice” guest blog in May 2016. Millions are bitten by . . .

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March 11, 2017

Giving African Doctors a Voice

A guest blog / press release from the African Society of Venimology

To my friends and colleagues in the world of toxinology: I have received an urgent request for help from professional colleagues who lack an internet presence of their own. The following message arrived in my email today, on the eve of a major international event (it is Monday, May 23 in Arizona but Tuesday, May 24 in Geneva). I present it . . .

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May 24, 2016

Protocols for Venom Emergencies

What do other people need to find in a hurry, if a reptile keeper is incapacitated by a snakebite?

What is in a “Protocol” for venomous snake emergencies?

(NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS FOR FUTURE PLANNING, NOT FOR EMERGENCY USE. IF YOU HAVE A SNAKEBITE RIGHT NOW, DO NOT WASTE TIME HERE! CALL YOUR POISON CENTER OR LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES / 911 SYSTEM.)

I'm a medical toxinologist. About once a month, somebody who works with venomous snakes . . .

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April 08, 2016

Liquid Gold Rush

Seven considerations for people hoping to cash in on snake venom

I’m a doctor, specializing in Toxinology. I study the effects of venom.

Every year or so, something happens that raises public interest in venomous snakes: a scary story is circulated, or a show presents an overly-dramatic notion of venom as “liquid gold,” or an expensive hospital bill for antivenom goes viral. On these occasions I tend to . . .

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February 28, 2016

The Venom Interviews comes to life

Follow-up to Part 2 of Thinking Outside the Quotes

Not long ago I posted a 2-part story, titled Thinking Outside the Quotes, about being the expert featured in a media article. Sharing one's work with reporters is a heady experience, for sure: the media can magnify an important message in a way that is inaccessible to a lone academician. Wide exposure for a project one has worked on for . . .

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February 19, 2016

Old men, women, and snakes

A father-daughter physician team considers our differences

My dad is retired now; but John T. Boyer, MD was a practicing and very well regarded geriatrician when I first showed him the analysis in my previous “Men, Women and Snakes” posts. In the “Age and Sex of Snakebitten People” graph, the greatest difference between the sexes happened between 15 and 44 years of age; and after age 60 both sexes . . .

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January 24, 2016

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