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Coll Antropol. 2011 Mar;35(1):249-58.

A century of antivenom.

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Croatian Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices, Department for Immunological Medicinal Products, Zagreb, Croatia. dijana.lovrecek@halmed.hr

Abstract

Because it primarily affects the poor in undeveloped parts of the world where medical care is often inadequate and insufficient, envenomation is considered a neglected public health issue, despite the existence of antivenom therapy for more than a century. This article provides an overview of the epidemiological situation for important venomous animals, together with achievements in the production, control, technological progress and safety of antivenoms since their discovery.

PMID:
21667541
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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