Las Cruces, NM – To toxicologists the American southwest is known as the venom belt - home to thousands of venomous animals, some of which can be extremely dangerous to humans. Scorpion stings alone affect thousands of people each year, but only about 250 cases are severe. Most of those are children, who can die without treatment.
Nearly a decade ago, the United States ran out of its supply of scorpion anti-venom. In the first of two reports Fronteras Changing America Desk reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe explains how a Mexican drug company could come to the rescue.