Complete and Spontaneous Recovery from the Bite of a Blue Krait Snake (Bungarus Caeruleus)

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A case is presented of a 43 year old white male who was bitten by the deadly snake, Bungarus caeruleus, and who made a complete recovery without specific therapy. The recovery of this individual presents the possibility of a cross protection existing between the venoms of the species Bungarus and those of the Indian, African and Egyptian cobras. The phenomenon of cross protection should be investigated further with the possibility of producing a common antivenin. This would not only be of great value to the Armed Forces but to the ever increasing number of individuals who travel to areas where poisonous reptiles abound.

Author Notes

Research pathologist, Cancer Institute at Miami, Cancer Research and Cytology Center, Miami, Fla.