n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Snake antivenoms in southern Africa : more about... rural health




Antivenoms have been available for the treatment of snake bites for more than 110 years, and are considered to be the most effective treatment with which to neutralise injected venom. They are included in the World Health Organization's (WHO) List of Essential Medicines (http://apps.who. int/emlib/Default.aspx?Language=EN), and hence should be available for the treatment of snake bites in all countries in which venomous snakes pose a public health risk. In southern Africa there is currently only one antivenom manufacturer, South African Vaccine Producers (Pty) Ltd (SAVP), based in Johannesburg, SA (http://www.savp.co.za).


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