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COBRAS BRASILEIRAS Project Project Coordinator Fernando Bergamaschi www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/ brazilian-snakes.html berga@apoiocultural.com.br projeto@cobrasbrasileiras.com twitter.com/braziliansnakes Skype - fernandoberga AIM - fernandoberga Yahoo Messenger fernando_bergamaschi

Contact Project Coordinator: Fernando Bergamaschi +55 51 97116543 — +55 51 32220786 berga@apoiocultural.com.br www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/

For Immediate Release

In the next 24 hours, [274] 380 persons in Brazil will be bitten by a venomous animal. Nowadays the accidents by venomous animals continue a grave problem of public health in Brazil, so much by the number of cases recorded, as much as by the gravity presented, being able to drive to the death or heavy sequels. In 2011 alone, more than 139 000 accidents with 293 deaths occurred. According to data recently released by Department of Health Health Surveillance Bureau of Brazilian Government. In the past ten years, there was an increase of 157% in accidents with venomous animals. In 2011 alone, more than 139 000 accidents with 293 deaths occurred. In Brazil, during the next 24 hours, [274] 380 persons bitten by a venomous animal can have serious health injury or live loss. As the human population expands and the habitat for animals is reduced, accidents involving venomous animals continue to grow. It is the 3rd cause of injury complains in the country. MÉDIA ANUAL DE AGRAVOS - SINAN — Information System for Diseases Notifi-

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cation.(see statistics http://www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/estatisticas-acidentes-peconhentos.html) Department of Health - Health Surveillance Bureau - Accidents with poisonous animals increased 157%. Survey conducted by Department of Surveillance and Technical Unit from Department of Health indicates that there was an increased 157%. in the number of notifications in the last 10 years. In 2011 alone, there were more than 139,000 accidents, with 293 deaths. WHO - World Heath Organization - The global burden of snakebite: data retrieval produced information for many of the world’s 227 countries, which were grouped into 21 geographical regions. The researchers estimate that 421,000 envenomings and 20,000 deaths occur worldwide from snakebite each year, but warn that these figures may be as high as 1,841,000 envenomings and 94,000 deaths, especially in areas of subSaharan Africa and South Asia where anti venoms are hard to obtain. India has the highest estimated annual envenomings and deaths: 81,000, and 11,000 respectively. There is mounting support from Brazilian hospitals and health officials that by helping people better identify, elude or handle venomous animals, lives will be saved! The COBRAS BRASILEIRAS Project will produce vitally needed communication tools to be used by public health programs including: a web site, book, DVD, child’s book and a photo exposition to build public awareness. This information will be developed and communicated in Portuguese, Spanish and English. The tools will be used throughout public schools and the medical and veterinary community in Brazil.

Specific project objectives include: 1 Immediate identification of poisonous vs. non-poisonous vipers, snakes, spiders, centipedes, and scorpions. This information is of vital importance when determining which serum to be given to the victim. 2 Define accident handling procedures for venomous animals. 3 Reduce non-essential extermination of poisonous animals to help preserve the delicate ecological balance and reduce unwanted rodents and insects. 4 Reduce and prevent diseases and epidemics caused by rodents and insects. More information can be found at www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/ (in Portuguese, English and Spanish).

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We are currently looking for both individual and corporate sponsorship for this greatly needed project! If you would like to help make a difference, please contact me directly!

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Contact Information: For more information contact Fernando Bergamaschi of Project Coordinator - berga@apoiocultural.com.br www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/introduction.html www.cobrasbrasileiras.com.com Example of snake family page - www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/ viperidae_eng.html Example of animal page - www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/ crotalus_durissus_terrificus.html Example of medical treatment page - www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/accident-treatment-snakes-general.html Example of veterinary treatment page - www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/ veterinary-accident-treatment-snakes.html Example of scorpions treatment page - www.cobrasbrasileiras.com/scorions.html

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Keywords

venomous animals,public health,Brazil,vipers,snakes,spiders,centipedes,scorpions,cobras brasileiras project,serum,antivenom,

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In the next 24 hours, [274] 380 persons in Brazil will be bitten by a venomous animal.  

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