Three people have been killed by scorpion sting, and 450 others injured in Egypts’s southern city of Aswan.
Reports say the scorpions and some snakes were brought into streets and homes by heavy storms on Friday November 12.
The hail and thunder storm in Aswan, near the River Nile was particularly violent, leading to power cuts and tree falls.
Ehab Hanafy, the undersecretary of Aswan’s health ministry, told the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram on Saturday that those injured have been hospitalised and are receiving treatment.
Doctors in Egypt have now diverted their attention from vaccination against COVID19 to treating scorpion stings. Some have been. called back from vacations to attend to overwhelming numbers of people suffering from scorpion stings.
An official from Egypt’s health Ministry, told Al-Ahram news agency that “extra doses of anti-venom have been provided to medical centres in villages near mountains and deserts”.
Egyptians have also been urged to stay indoors, avoid driving and areas that are crowded with lots of trees.
There are about 1,500 known species of scorpions, but only about 25 are said to deliver stings that are fatal to humans.
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