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Snakebites Make The List Of 'Neglected Tropical Diseases'

They claim about 100,000 lives a year. WHO has now put snakebites on its list of "neglected tropical diseases."
Echis carinatus — aka the carpet viper — is a venomous species that strikes humans in parts of the Middle East and Africa. Source: Frupus/Flickr

Snakebites kill more than 100,000 people per year, the World Health Organization estimates. The organization recently took a step to reduce that number by adding venomous snake bites to its list of neglected tropical diseases – a classification that could help get more resources allocated to fighting this public health problem.

(WHO did acknowledge that snakebites aren't a disease but "an injury" but

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