One of the biggest killers of humans is not a disease, nor is it related to traffic accidents. It’s snakebite.
Minutes to Die” uncovers snakebite crisis
Every year around 125,000 people die from snakebite and about 40,000 more survive but with scars, amputations, and paralysis, resulting in the loss of jobs and loss of self-esteem. The great majority of snake bite victims live in rural areas in poor countries where the nearest clinic is miles away and the necessary serum may not be available. And if it is, the expense may be beyond the family’s means.
The magnitude of the snake bite epidemic is not fully understood in the major advanced countries where it is rare. As a result, little resources and research are spent on snakebite treatment.