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