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The Captain's Journal » The Cost Of Getting Bitten By A Snake In America
I happen to know a little about this because I did some research when my Heidi-girl, the best dog ever in history, got bitten by a Copperhead.
The antivenom is made usually south of the border in Mexico. They make it by injecting a select bovine population with venom, and extracting the antibodies over time to formulate the antivenom for humans. By the way, this can cause stray bovine proteins to enter the human bloodstream if you have to be injected, and that itself can cause problems.
This antivenom is biological material and has to be refrigerated. The cost when I looked into it was on the order of $10,000 – $12,000 per vial, or treatment, and the cost of recovery depends on how many vials you need. Apparently the cost has gone up, and there is also a markup at the hospital (probably for simply investing the capital to have it in stock along with the shelf life of the material).
I don’t know how to advise, except to wear boots and watch your six if you’re going to be out and about in the summer and early fall. This is one reason I don’t prefer to go hiking and backpacking in the summer.
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