Vivek Joshi
Ph.D. Scholar, Clinical Medicine Laboratory, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI),Izatnagar, Bareilly (UP)
Shahjahan Alam
Ph.D. Scholar, Clinical Medicine Laboratory, ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar, Bareilly (UP)
U. Dimri
Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Medicine, ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar, Bareilly (UP)


Most of the traditional first-aid methods should be discouraged as they do more harm than good. Any interference with the bite wound should be avoided and immediate veterinary help should be sought. Anti-venom treatment is the only specific antidote to snake venom. Diagnosis of the species of the snake responsible for the bite is important for optimal clinical management. Community education about venomous snakes and snakebite is, therefore, strongly recommended as the method most likely to succeed in preventing bites.

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