Israeli Researcher Co-Leads Global Study to Predict Snakebites, Save Lives

The Fellowship  |  March 23, 2021

Close up image of a viper snake slithering on the ground.

An international research team is developing a system that can send warnings when people are at the highest risk of getting a snake bite:

Every year, some five million people will suffer snakebites, about 100,000 will die from the toxic venoms and some 400,000 people will undergo amputations and other permanent disabilities as a result of snakebite envenoming, according to World Health Organization statistics. Now, an international group of scientists and researchers say they’ve created a simulation model for predicting snakebites that could lead to reducing snakebite cases.

“The model can be used as a warning system to say when and where there’s high risk for snake bites, which is something that doesn’t really exist right now,” Eyal Goldstein of the School of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, a co-lead author of the study, tells NoCamels. “We’re the first to offer this kind of scientific development.”

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