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Scooters save lives of snakebite victims

Nepal project achieves dramatic drop in deaths by using motorbike helpers to rush the stricken to hospital

11:46am, December 6, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — Enlisting volunteers with motorbikes to rush snakebite victims to regional hospitals has slashed the fatality rate in such emergencies to almost nothing in a part of Nepal where snakebites are frequent, physician Sanjib Kumar Sharma reported December 5 at a meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Sharma, an internist in Dharan at the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, works in lowland southeastern Nepal, a region bordering India. Bites from poisonous snakes such as kraits, cobras and vipers are the leading cause of death in this rural area, he said. This is in large part because the

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