Scientists are hoping to find universal cure for snakebite. Experts on snakebite venom in India, Kenya, Nigeria, the UK and USA are working together on possible cure. They are using same technology that was used to discover HIV anti-bodies. scientists are trying to find ways of using human anti-bodies to fight against snake venom. At moment, snakebite is treated using anti-venom which adapts actual venom from the snake. Professor Robert Harrison, from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said: "We're pursuing what we call 'next generation' of snakebite therapies, which we hope will be able to treat bites from any snake in Africa or India."
Snakebites kill up to 140,000 people year. More people die from snakebite than from infectious diseases like rabies or dengue fever. further 400,000 people suffer life-changing injuries after being bitten by snake. These injuries include amputations and psychological trauma. There are about 250 types of snake worldwide that have harmful venom. venom from these snakes is very different, which makes finding anti-venoms very challenging for scientists. Former Secretary-General of UN, Kofi Annan, describes snakebite as, " biggest public health crisis you have likely never heard of". However, people who get right anti-venom have very high chance of survival.