Each year about 8,000 Americans receive a venomous snakebite, but no more than about 15 die, mostly from rattlesnake bites.
Although most snakes are not venomous, any snakebite should immediately be examined at a hospital.
As of 2004 there was no one test or group of tests that can reliably diagnose DIC because it is a clinical event that occurs without warning, arising from another event such as surgery, childbirth, snakebite, and certain disease conditions.
Possible physical benefits of wearing or holding an emerald include improved eyesight, a cure for snakebite, and even the prevention epileptic episodes.
A snakebite victim's chances of survival are excellent if medical aid is obtained in time.