Three dead and hundreds injured in southern Egypt after heavy rains brought about a herd of scorpions

Three people were killed and hundreds were injured after the scorpions were brought into the streets and homes of cities in southern Egypt in a storm, according to state media.

Heavy rains, lightning, sandstorms and snowfalls in cities in southern Aswan last week have caused both scorpions and snakes to emerge from their hiding places. Al-Ahram, A government-run Egyptian newspaper reported.

As of November 13, at least 450 people were injured in the city from scorpion bites, health ministry officials told Al-Ahram.

Victims were then hospitalized, antitoxins available to hospitals and medical units in the city to neutralize and neutralize the poison, and extra amounts of antitoxin were sent to rural villages near the mountains. I did.

Al-Ahram reported the death, citing Ehab Hanafy, Deputy Minister of Health in Aswan, but did not elaborate on the cause.

On Sunday, Aswan Governor Ashraf Atia said at least 503 people were hospitalized for scorpion stings but were discharged after receiving antitoxin. The Washington Post reported..

According to the Washington Post, no deaths from scorpion bites have been reported, Deputy Health Minister Khalid Abdel Gaffer said in a statement.

Health officials have also called on vacation doctors to help treat the influx of patients. Meanwhile, residents are required to stay in their homes.

Attia also ordered the suspension of shipping on the Nile from Aswan to Edfu and Lake Nasser for a short period from Friday to Saturday.

The governor also temporarily closed the highway due to dangerous driving conditions caused by thunderstorms and lack of visibility from heavy rains.

Egypt is home to one of the deadliest scorpions in the world, the fat-tailed scorpion. The poison can be fatal to humans because its neurotoxic components act rapidly in the victim’s body to attack the central nervous system, causing paralysis and respiratory failure.

Professor, Ahmed Lizark Agricultural Research Center, Told the Alwatan newspaper Heavy rains washed snakes and scorpions out of hiding places and pushed them into people’s homes, especially those in the highlands.

Rizuku urged people to stay away from the rainy mountains and pointed out that scorpions and snakes were active during the hot season.

The professor explained that a person who has been bitten by a scorpion should tie a cloth tightly near the bite and go to the hospital immediately to prevent the poison from reaching the heart.

Catabella Roberts


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