Rabies and Envenomings
A Neglected Public Health Issue: Report of a Consultative Meeting
Nonserial Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241563482 ISBN-10    9241563486
Order Number    11500711
Price    CHF    5.00 / US$    6.00 Developing countries:    CHF    3.50
English     2007        32   pages
Summary
This publication reports on a Consultative Meeting convened to discuss strategies for improving the quality and quantity of therapeutic antisera, essential drugs for the effective treatment of suspected rabid dog bites, and envenoming by snake bites and scorpion stings. Inadequacies in the efficacy, safety and production of these antisera have created a major global public health crisis, especially in Africa and Asia. Each year, millions of people are bitten by dogs or snakes or stung by scorpions, and the failure to provide antisera costs at least 150,000 lives and at least as many cases of permanent physical handicap. The solution to this crisis demands an international effort to promote transfer of technology to affected countries, to improve standards through the WHO's prequalification scheme, and to facilitate distribution of antisera and training of medical personnel in their optimal use.