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Egypt: Scorpions kill three and injure hundreds in Aswan


Scorpions in Egypt have stung three people to death in the southern city of Aswan after heavy storms brought them into the streets and homes.

According to a health ministry official, scorpion stings injured 450 more people.

On Friday, there was a particularly violent hail and thunder storm near the Nile.

Heavy rain regularly washes scorpions into the streets, and snakes have also been disturbed.

Extra anti-venom doses have been distributed to medical centres in villages near mountains and deserts, according to a health official quoted by Al-Ahram news agency.

Doctors have been discouraged from administering vaccinations to treat scorpion stings, according to the official.

People have been advised to stay at home and avoid areas with a high concentration of trees.

Egypt is home to some of the world’s most lethal fat-tailed scorpions. Humans can be killed in less than an hour by the venom of a black fat-tail snake.

Breathing difficulties, muscle twitching, and unusual head movements are all symptoms of widespread venom effects.

Anti-venom is used as a preventative measure before symptoms appear, but it can also help when symptoms worsen.

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