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