Snakebite Victims Get Anti-Venom Sticker Shock

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Dr. Robert Cox is the Director of the Mississippi Poison Control Center. He says anti-venom is outrageous. It costs a whopping $11,000 to $12,000 per vial and, if you’re bitten by a rattlesnake, you could need an average of 6-8 vials. “All of the hospitals in Mississippi right now are carrying anti-venom. We’ve had a big push for them to do that.”

Cox says old ways of treating snakebites are no longer encouraged. Don’t cut on bites. Don’t try to suck the venom out. Don’t put ice on it.

“Every kid in a Mississippi school knows to take two steps back and walk away,”  Terry Vandeventer has been handling snakes for 50 years. “Unfortunately 85-90% of all snakebites in the state and nationally the stats are the same. 85-90 happen during the deliberate attempt to kill or handle a snake.”

If you get bit, go straight to a hospital and try to tell your doctor what bit you. Rattlesnakes are considered to have the most dangerous bite followed by cotton mouths and copperheads.

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