Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 10, Number 3
TITLE: Potency assay of the liquid Russell's viper (Daboia russelii siamensis) antivenom stored at different environment.
AUTHOR: Aye Aye Myint; Tun Pe; Kyi May Htwe; Khin Aye Kyu
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal. 1998; 10(3): 131-134
ABSTRACT: Two methods of storing liquid antivenom (a) keeping it in a sand pot embedded in the ground and another (b) keeping antivenom containing sand pot in a lager sand pot and left in the house with daily and every third day watering of the sand was studied for 7 months covering the winter and hot summer months in Taungoo and Taungdwingyi respectively. Daily watering schedule kept the sand] -2Ã¯â€šÂ°C cooler than the every third day watering and maintained the temperature of the sand at 30-32Ã¯â€šÂ°C with a difference of 8-10Ã¯â€šÂ°C lower than the environmental temperature of 40Ã¯â€šÂ°C during the hot summer months. The efficacy of the antivenom stored in the first method with daily watering was found to be comparable to the control and superior to the antivenom stored in the first method with every third day watering and the anti venom stored in the second method with daily watering. It is recommended that liquid antivenom should be stored in a sand pot embedded in the ground with daily watering of the sand in places where no cold storage facility is available. This method of storage is simple, effective and inexpensive and could be carried out by the rural farmers.
SUBJECT HEADINGS: Antivenins. Viper Venoms. Rusell's Viper.