Worldwide snakebite is the most important envenoming syndrome and the World Health Organisation now recognises it as a neglected tropical disease. In Asia, Africa and Latin America snakebite affects hundreds of thousands of people.1 There continues to be limited information on the important snakes in some parts of the world, the epidemiology and clinical effects in many resource poor regions and an ongoing shortage of antivenom.

Antivenom is the major treatment for snakebite. Information on antivenoms that available worldwide is available on the WHO website.

The major regions where snake bite occurs are:
Latin America
North America

1. Kasturiratne A, Wickremasinghe AR, de Silva N, Gunawardena NK, Pathmeswaran A, Premaratna R, Savioli L, Lalloo DG, de Silva HJ. The global burden of snakebite: a literature analysis and modelling based on regional estimates of envenoming and deaths. PLoSMed. 2008; 5(11): e218.