The Reading / Listening - Snakebite - Level 2

Scientists hope to find a cure for snakebite. Experts on snakebites in India, Africa, the UK and the USA are working on a cure. They are using the same technology used to discover HIV anti-bodies. The scientists are trying to use human anti-bodies to fight against snake venom. Snakebite is currently treated using anti-venom made from the snake's venom. Tropical medicine expert Professor Robert Harrison said: "We're pursuing what we call the 'next generation' of snakebite therapies, which we hope will be able to treat bites from any snake."



Snakebites kill up to 140,000 people a year. They kill more people than infectious diseases like rabies. A further 400,000 people suffer life-changing injuries after snakebites. These include amputations and psychological trauma. There are about 250 types of snake worldwide with harmful venom. Every venom is very different. This makes finding anti-venoms challenging for scientists. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said snakebite was, "the biggest public health crisis you have likely never heard of". People who get the right anti-venom have a high chance of survival.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Snakebite - Level 0 Snakebite - Level 1   or  Snakebite - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/24/scientists-pursue-universal-snakebite-cure-using-hiv-antibody-techniques
  • https://allafrica.com/stories/201905230131.html
  • https://www.dw.com/en/snakebites-kill-at-least-80000-people-per-year-and-probably-more/a-48836235


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists hope to find a
  2. Experts on snakebites
  3. working on
  4. They are using the
  5. anti-bodies to fight against
  6. anti-venom made
  7. Tropical medicine
  8. the next
  1. from the snake's venom
  2. same technology
  3. snake venom
  4. in India
  5. expert
  6. cure for snakebite
  7. generation
  8. a cure

Paragraph 2

  1. infectious
  2. A further 400,000 people
  3. psychological
  4. Every venom
  5. This makes finding anti-venoms
  6. the biggest public
  7. People who get the
  8. have a high chance
  1. right anti-venom
  2. trauma
  3. of survival
  4. suffer
  5. health crisis
  6. is very different
  7. diseases like rabies
  8. challenging

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists hope to find (1) ___________________ snakebite. Experts on snakebites in India, Africa, the UK and the USA are working (2) ___________________. They are using the same technology used to discover HIV anti-bodies. The scientists (3) ___________________ use human anti-bodies (4) ___________________ snake venom. Snakebite is currently treated using anti-venom made from the snake's venom. Tropical medicine expert Professor Robert Harrison said: "We're (5) ___________________ call the 'next generation' of snakebite therapies, which we hope will be able to (6) ___________________ any snake."

Snakebites (7) ___________________ 140,000 people a year. They kill more people than infectious (8) ___________________. A further 400,000 people suffer life-changing injuries after snakebites. These include amputations and psychological trauma. There are about 250 types of snake worldwide (9) ___________________. Every venom is very different. (10) ___________________ anti-venoms challenging for scientists. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said snakebite was, "the biggest (11) ___________________ you have likely never heard of". People who get the right anti-venom have a high (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshopetofindacureforsnakebite.ExpertsonsnakebitesinIndia
,Africa,theUKandtheUSAareworkingonacure.Theyareusingthesame
technologyusedtodiscoverHIVanti-bodies.Thescientistsaretryingt
ousehumananti-bodiestofightagainstsnakevenom.Snakebiteiscurr
entlytreatedusinganti-venommadefromthesnake'svenom.Tropica
lmedicineexpertProfessorRobertHarrisonsaid:"We'repursuingwhat
wecallthe'nextgeneration'ofsnakebitetherapies,whichwehopewillbe
abletotreatbitesfromanysnake."Snakebiteskillupto140,000peoplea
year.Theykillmorepeoplethaninfectiousdiseaseslikerabies.Afurther
400,000peoplesufferlife-changinginjuriesaftersnakebites.Thes
eincludeamputationsandpsychologicaltrauma.Thereareabout250ty
pesofsnakeworldwidewithharmfulvenom.Everyvenomisverydiffere
nt.Thismakesfindinganti-venomschallengingforscientists.FormerU
NSecretary-GeneralKofiAnnansaidsnakebitewas,"thebiggestpu
blichealthcrisisyouhavelikelyneverheardof".Peoplewhogettherighta
nti-venomhaveahighchanceofsurvival.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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