Rain, dust storms, and snow in the Egyptian city of Aswan last week not only stifled traffic and movement throughout the city, but roused Egypt’s deadly fat-tailed scorpions from their hiding places. Seeking safe, dry land, they entered people’s homes throughout the region. Reports indicate more than 450 people were injured by stings thus far. At least three people have died from the scorpion stings.
Those who have been injured are being treated with antivenom in hospitals. Meanwhile, authorities have told residents to stay inside their homes.
The Egyptian fat-tailed scorpion, a species found throughout Egypt, is one of the most dangerous scorpions in the world.