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June 22, 1970

Antivenin Information and Deposition Centers

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1970;212(12):2123. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170250077028

To the Editor:—  Bites by imported venomous snakes are not uncommon in the United States. Russell1 notes 19 such cases at the Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center (including one by the puff adder) during the past 12 years. The puff adder noted by Takahashi and Tu (211:1857, 1970) indicates once again the need to acquaint physicians on the deposition and disposition of antivenins for bites by exotic snakes in the United States.It would not be practical, nor is it necessary, to establish a "central antivenin deposit" for antiserum as suggested by these authors. The listing of available antivenin is a service already provided by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. This group compiles and distributes an accurate listing of all snake antivenins available at zoos and many other facilities throughout the United States. A call to almost any zoo, or at