Snakes are more active in the warm months of summer... that makes this the worst time of year to run out of "anti-venom", used to treat snakebites.
Unfortunately, the nation finds itself with a shortage of the antidote.
In Texas, some hospitals have run out of the small supply they usually have on hand. The reason is that a manufacturer stopped production for a time. East Texas Medical Center wants people not to be concerned. There is supply available almost immediately in critical cases. Those are few and far between.
"We've had seven or eight snake victims this year, and we've only used the antivenom on one patient. So, not every patient that is snakebit needs the antivenom," says ETMC Pharmacy Director Jimmy Williams.