Wellcome Trust investing 80m in snakebite treatment

Scientists say antivenom exists for only 60% of all the snakes in the world New drugs for snakebite are desperately needed, say scientists, to replace the current 100-year-old treatment made by injecting snakes venom into a horse and harvesting antibodies which is very expensive, may not work and can cause lethal allergic reactions. Snakebite, says the Wellcome Trust, is the cause of the worlds biggest hidden health crisis and it is investing 80m in the hope of solving it. The World Health Organization will this month also launch a snakebite strategy aiming to halve deaths by 2030. Every five minutes, on average, 50 people are bitten by a snake. Between 81,000 and 138,000 people die from snakebite every year and …