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Snakebite Fatality Rate Drops to 2.2 Percent

26 December 2013

Snakebite cases in Burma are increasingly being treated at medical clinics, a development that is helping to save lives, but the amount of anti-venom available for victims is still insufficient, IRIN reports. About 12,000 people in Burma get bitten by venomous snakes annually and in 2001 some 650 people died from the incidents. Due to an increase in medical treatment for victims the number of deaths to snakebite had fallen to 253 in 2011, a fatality rate of 2.2 percent. Problems in producing anti-venom and budget constraints, however, mean that Burma is only able to produce half all anti-venom it needs.