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[Correspondence] Snake bites and antivenom shortage in Africa

The press campaign launched by Doctors Without Borders suggested that discontinuation of Fav-Afrique (Sanofi-Pasteur, Lyon, France), one of the few effective antivenoms used in Africa, would result in countless deaths.1 The campaign has caused panic in sub-Saharan countries by suggesting that the region will be unable to deal with the 300 000 envenomings, 7000 deaths, and 10 000 permanent disabilities caused by snake bites annually.2