the essential The city of Aswan, in the south of Egypt, was hit by violent storms of hail and torrential rains on Friday 12 November. Chasing the scorpions from their underground hiding place, the storm drove them to towns, where they stung around 500 people according to the BBC.
Thousands of scorpions, accompanied by snakes, have invaded the city. Driven from their underground nests, the animals tried to find refuge in the heights of the dwellings. The scorpions stung around 500 people in their path. According to the BBC, three have died.
“Their venom can kill a man in less than an hour”
According to Ahmed Rizk of the Giza Agricultural Research Center, it is “normal for heavy rains to drive scorpions and snakes from their nests, forcing them to find new places to hide,” he said in the newspaper. Al Watan. He also advised residents to leave mountainous areas.
In Egypt evolves the species of scorpion Androctonus, one of the deadliest in the world. “Their venom can kill a man in less than an hour. Symptoms after a bite can include difficulty breathing, muscle twitching and unusual head movements,” notes the BBC.
Faced with this health emergency, hospitals were on high alert this weekend. Egyptian authorities have also distributed additional doses of anti-venom to medical centers in villages at the foot of the mountains and the desert. Doctors who had to take care of other tasks such as vaccination were called in to help treat scorpion stings.