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Planet Earth

Powerful Short Video Highlights The Global Burden of Snakebite

Science SushiBy Christie WilcoxMay 29, 2016 4:43 AM

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The global problem of snakebite goes unnoticed by most of us in developed countries. We have good access to medical care, abundant antivenom to treat what few dangerous bites occur, and snake species whose venoms are often manageable. In the U.S., for example, bees and wasps kill over ten times as many people as snakes do. But in other countries, snakebite is a real and neglected problem. Worldwide, snakes claim more than one hundred thousands lives annually, and leave countless more disabled and disfigured. This powerful, heartbreaking seven and a half-minute video is one that everyone should see: https://vimeo.com/167436988 The footage comes from an upcoming documentary set to release this fall. Filmmakers shot in seven countries to tell the stories of people affected by snakebite. For more information on snakebite, visit snakebiteinitiative.org

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