COMBATTING ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES


The grass crunches under your hiking boots as you make your way across the arid terrain on an African safari. A faint hissing sound catches your attention. You stop. An intense pain travels from your ankle up through your left thigh as you see a snake disappearing in a cloud of red dust. But was it brown with black stripes – or black with brown stripes?

 

Bites from venomous snakes are a medical emergency, which annually affects millions of people and calls for immediate treatment. However, uncertainties such as the snake responsible combined with a variable time course for development of symptoms make great demands on medical personnel. They have to make a quick assessment on whether there are signs of envenoming, and whether antivenom or ancillary treatment is needed. This often must be done in a matter of minutes to a few hours based on inconclusive information, leading to unnecessarily high death rates among snakebite victims, and leaving many crippled for life. Currently, there is no good way of diagnosing snakebite in most parts of the world. 

 

 

 

 

“A widespread use of a fast and easy-to-use diagnostic device could have an impact of about a third or higher in preventing morbidity and mortality of snakebite victims.”

WHAT COLOUR WAS IT?


VenomAid™ is a cheap, easy-to-use, on-site testing device for rapid diagnosis of snakebite victims. It provides a reliable diagnostic result within minutes of loading blood directly from the site of the bite onto the device. Fast and definitive diagnosis will allow early and correct treatment, and thus makes the difference for patients as to whether they will leave the hospital in good health, on crutches after losing a limb, or in a casket.