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Snake bite - SNAPP an App for a neglected tropical disease

3 January 2019

Since 2017 Snake bite has been included on the WHO's list of Tropical Neglected diseases. It is estimated that about 5.4 million snake bites occur each year, resulting in 1.8 to 2.7 million cases of envenomings. There are between 81,410 and 137,880 deaths and around three times as many amputations and other permanent disabilities each year. Most of these occur in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Lack of access to anti-venoms is a major issue but another barrier to treatment is identifying the snake so that the appropriate Antivenoms can be administered as to be effective many anti-venoms are species specific. An app is being developed based on a massive, global photo repository of venomous and non-venomous snakes. SNAPP is  based on machine learning and computer vision capable of identifying snakes and will also be backed up by an international working group of experts in herpetology. The aim is to facilitate and accelerate snake identification in the field. Read more

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