Snake bites, if not treated right away, can end with deadly results and finding the correct anti-venom in time adds to the complications of proper treatment. But now a specialist at the Charite hospital in Berlin, Martin Metz, has discovered a way to create an antidote that should work to combat all snake venom and Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) awarded him a €300,000 grant to put this new discovery to the test.
Metz told the BZ regional paper “I realized that the human enzyme protease disrupts proteins in all snake venom,” and due to the extremely low risk of allergic reaction, the antidote could be carried around by individuals in high risk areas.
With the current remedies, the anti-venom, which needs to be kept cool, is carefully administered by a doctor who then monitors the patient for any allergic reactions. While it may be feasible for people in developed nations, those in third world countries often can’t get the proper help in time. If Martin Metz’s new solution proves to work, it could help reduce the amount of snake bite deaths which take the lives of about 125,000 people every year.
Source: The Local
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