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SNAKE BITE AND SNAKE VENOM – AN OVERVIEW

*Megha K. S. and Dr. Gopikrishna S.

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WHO recognizes snake bite as top priority neglected tropical disease. Snake bite envenomation is an important public health issue mostly affecting those who live in rural area, in developing countries. India is estimated to have highest number of snakebite mortality in the world according to WHO with a frequency of 83,000 bites per annum with 11,000 deaths. The most of the envenomation was by Russell’s Viper followed by Kraits and Cobras. The snake venom is highly modified saliva produced from specialized oral glands. It contains a complex mixture of several pharmacologically active biochemical substances.

Keywords: snake venom, visha guna, Agad Tantra.


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