Preventing and Treating Snakebite Envenoming

Fact Sheet | 4 April, 2018 | Download PDF

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people lose their lives, limbs, and any viable future due to
snakebite envenoming—a neglected tropical disease that can be prevented and treated. Challenges to prevention and treatment are within reach.

PREVENTING SNAKEBITES
Snakebite can be prevented by using:

  • Snake-proof footwear
  • Bed nets
  • Snake repellents

Barriers to snakebite prevention measures 

  • Rural people often lead barefoot lives. Even
    if footwear is available, it is not always
    worn. Years of going shoeless cause…

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