Alarm over diminishing antidote stockpile

September 8, 2015 10:03 AM

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Geneva, Sept. 8 (BNA): Tens of thousands of people will continue to die of snakebite unnecessarily unless the global health community takes action to ensure treatment and antivenom is made available, warns the international organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of a symposium to take place in Basel, Switzerland on September 8 .

Snakebite is a major killer yet remains one of the world’s most neglected public health emergencies as global health actors show worryingly little interest in the issue. A clear focus on adequate treatment and diagnostics is needed to avoid countless deaths, urges MSF.

The global health community, donors, governments, and pharmaceutical companies should accept responsibility for their share of the neglect of snakebite as a public health emergency and take immediate, appropriate and collaborative action, concludes MSF.

Source: bna.bh

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