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Effective, polyvalent, affordable antivenom needed to treat snakebite in Nepal

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Effective, polyvalent, affordable antivenom needed to treat snakebite in Nepal Bhola R Shrestha, Deb P Pandey, Krishna P Acharya, Chhabilal Thapa-Magar, Fahim Mohamed & Geoffrey K Isbister Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2017;95:718-719.
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'Many Nepalese depend on traditional healers and or do not seek hospital treatment because they consider themselves to be too poor to pay for treatment, or think there will be no benefit. If the numbers of out-of-hospital deaths caused by snakebite are to be reduced in Nepal, there needs to be improvements in the public awareness of the benefits of snakebite treatment in hospital and in the pre-hospital care of snakebite – as seen, for example, in Sri Lanka. The corresponding in-hospital mortality will only be reduced by increasing the availability of safe and effective antivenoms and improving critical care for people bitten by snakes.' The authors call for increased production and import of existing and new antivenoms.
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2017
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October