OSU researcher working on more effective antivenom

Ponca City Now - July 7, 2015 8:47 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A biochemistry professor at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences is trying to create a more effective antivenom for people who have been bitten by a poisonous snake.

Dr. Charles G. Sanny, chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, is looking into the interaction between snake venom and antivenom, a mixture of isolated antibodies from the serum of sheep or horses that have been immunized with venom.

Seven types of venomous snakes can be found in Oklahoma, including cottonmouths and copperheads. The Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information says the diamondback rattlesnake has the most potent venom.

Every year, about 7,000-8,000 people are bitten by a poisonous snake in the U.S. Only about five people die from snake bites each year because people regularly seek medical care.

 

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