The Poison Control Center and the Philadelphia Zoo Work Together to Treat Venomous Snake Bites

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Pennsylvania has three native venomous snakes, and The Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) responds to bites each summer. It may be surprising to learn that exotic venomous snakes, like cobras, are often kept as pets and may cause bites too! When Pennsylvania residents are bitten by exotic venomous snakes, experts from The Poison Control Center at CHOP help doctors through partnerships with the Philadelphia Zoo and other regional zoos; the zoos often keep unusual “antivenom” antidotes on hand.

Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FACMT, an attending physician in the Emergency Department and Medical Director of the Poison Control Center at CHOP spoke with Stephanie Stahl from CBS3 about the center’s partnership with the Philadelphia Zoo.

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