n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Snake antivenoms in southern Africa : more about... rural health
|Article Title||Snake antivenoms in southern Africa : more about... rural health|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Author||David J. Williams|
|Publication Date||Feb 2011|
|Pages||75 - 80|
|Keyword(s)||University of Melbourne|
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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