India battles snakebite scourge
This is vital, since venom composition differs vastly between snake species.
“You can add your location and the app will tell you the nearest hospital that treats snakebite, saving precious time.
India produces polyvalent antivenom — a combination treatment for different snake bites — by immunising horses with venom from the Big Four.About 85 per cent of the venom needed for producing antivenom in India is extracted by the Irula Snake-catchers Industrial Cooperative Society in Chennai, South India.
Complaints against Indian antivenom products have included misleading and ambiguous recommendations on dosing, as well as erroneous or missing instructions in the event of adverse reactions.But nature itself might hold some clues.
It does not, for example, work against the bite of the hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale), a medically important species in southwestern India and Sri Lanka.