The Battle to Contain Africa’s Hidden Killers

December 21, 2017

(CNN) РRainy seasons in Nigeria bring out venomous snakes, which emerge from their shelters to hunt and breed.  This is always a hazardous time, particularly for agricultural workers tending their fields, and this autumn proved especially cruel. Around 250 people were reportedly killed over a three-week period in the central states of Gombe and Plateau, in a crisis that overwhelmed local doctors and prompted a national outcry. The case was extreme, but not unique. Nigeria is among the countries worst affected by what some public health experts are calling an epidemic.

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