Research strategies to improve snakebite treatment: challenges and progress.


Harrison, RA; Cook, DA; Renjifo, C; Casewell, NR; Currier, RB; Wagstaff, SC; (2011) Research strategies to improve snakebite treatment: challenges and progress. Journal of proteomics, 74 (9). pp. 1768-80. ISSN 1874-3919 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2011.06.019

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Abstract

Antivenom is an effective treatment of snakebite but, because of the complex interplay of fiscal, epidemiological, therapeutic efficacy and safety issues, the mortality of snakebite remains unacceptably high. Efficiently combating this high level of preventable death amongst the world's most disadvantaged communities requires the globally-coordinated action of multiple intervention programmes. This is the overall objective of the Global Snakebite Initiative. This paper describes the challenges facing the research community to develop snakebite treatments that are more efficacious, safe and affordable than current therapy.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
PubMed ID: 21723969
Web of Science ID: 295149000024
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2478776

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