Why People Risk Their Lives To Milk Deadly Snakes | Big Business | Business Insider

As many as 137,000 people die from venomous snake bites every year. High quality antivenoms exist, but they’re expensive and hard to make. In Australia, Billy Collett risks his life by milking hundreds of venomous snakes a week. Antivenom also requires plasma from animals like horses. We traveled the globe to learn why snake bites are still a global health emergency, and why antivenom production still requires animals.

0:00 Intro
1:14 How venom is milked from snakes
6:09 Why horses are needed for antivenom
8:16 How antivenom labs work
9:21 Why India struggles with snakebite deaths
10:04 Why Sub-Saharan Africa struggles with snakebite deaths
13:37 How scientists are trying to reinvent antivenom

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Why People Risk Their Lives to Milk Deadly Snakes

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