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$100 mil. given to study global snakebite crisis

ReutersLONDON (Reuters) — A global health trust is to inject £80 million ($102 million) into finding more modern and effective treatments for snakebites — a “hidden health crisis” that kills 120,000 people a year and maims thousands more.

The project, launched by Britain’s Wellcome Trust global health charity on Thursday, aims both to improve the world’s supply of antivenoms — the only current treatment for snakebites — and to develop new and more effective drugs for the future.

“Snakebite treatment is essentially reliant on a 100-year-old process,” said David Lalloo, a professor and director of Britain’s Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

A dire lack of funding for scientific research has severely limited progress in this field of medicine, leaving thousands to die unnecessarily, Lalloo told reporters at a briefing.Speech

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