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A University of Melbourne snakebite expert will chair the World Health Organization’s new Snakebite Envenoming Working Group, which hopes to improve treatment of the five million people bitten by venomous snakes globally each year.

As the weather warms up, veterinarians are preparing for snakebite season with an interactive map to record when and where pets are bitten. The SnakeMap Project aims to better predict, prevent, diagnose and treat snakebite in animals as well as people.