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Vipers, Mambas and Taipans: The Escalating Health Crisis over Snakebites

September 1, 2016

(Scientific American) – Snakebites are a growing public-health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, around 5 million people worldwide are bitten by snakes each year; more than 100,000 of them die and as many as 400,000 endure amputations and permanent disfigurement. Some estimates point to a higher toll: one systematic survey concluded that in India alone, more than 45,000 people died in 2005 from snakebite—around one-quarter the number that died from HIV/AIDS

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