Venomous snakes like cobras and kraits are killing hundreds of thousands of people throughout the developing world every year, making snakebites a neglected epidemic in countries like India.
Only injections of anti-venom serum or fancy drugs can prevent victims from paralysis and death, but most victims have no way of getting to a hospital or a clinic, where the injections are available. The victims are too remote and too poor.
Now a Bay Area doctor has a plan to save millions of people like them who will surely get bitten in the future.
Dr. Matthew Lewin, a Corte Madera physician who often joins scientists on their expeditions to foreign lands, began musing a couple of years ago:
“Wouldn’t it be nice if you really didn’t need injections for snakebite at all? Wouldn’t that be cool?”