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PNG black market in snake venom means over 600 die needlessly

Recent exposure by the Australian media has revealed that more than 600 people die needlessly in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from snake bites each year because corruption keeps stocks of anti-venom so low.
Papua New has some of the highest rates of snake bites in the world, and in some areas, it has been reported that more villagers die from snake bites than from malaria and HIV/AIDS.

PNG is home to the deadly Papua Taipan, one of the most venomous snake in the world, death adders and many other deadly snakes.

It seems that often victims cannot get help because of poor transport and bad roads, and many medical clinics simply do not stock anti-venoms because they are expensive.

High demand for anti-venom has it seems helped create an illegal market, where doctors are suspected of stealing anti-venom from medical stores and selling it back to hospitals.

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Added: Feb-21-2008 
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