Friday, May 14, 2010

Don't Get Bit By a Coral Snake After Oct. 31

Why Snakebites Are About to Get a Lot More Deadly

Unfortunately, after Oct. 31 of this year, there may be no commercially available antivenom (antivenin) left. That's the expiration date on existing vials of Micrurus fulvius, the only antivenom approved by the Food and Drug Administration for coral snake bites.

Most Coral Snake bites are attributed to Darwin Award applicants. Still. It's a good idea to wear thick gloves if you're clearing brush or branches in the southeast.

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