(HealthDay News) — About 8,000 of the 45,000 snake bites in the United States each year are caused by venomous snakes.

But most traditional first-aid methods do more harm than good, the World Health Organization says.

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WHO recommends:

  • Reassure the victim, if he or she is anxious.
  • Immobilize the person’s body and bitten area.
  • Avoid interference with the bite wound (incisions, rubbing, etc.).

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