Heavy storms in Egypt last week washed scorpions and snakes into streets and homes, and the resulting attacks left 3 dead and more than 500 others injured. Schools have been ordered to close to protect children from the scorpions and snakes.
Doctors have even been pulled away from giving COVID vaccinations to help treat scorpion stings as extra doses of anti-venom have been provided to medical centers in villages near mountains and deserts.
Egypt is home to fat-tailed scorpions that are among the deadliest in the world and can kill humans in under an hour. After being stung by a fat-tailed scorpion victims experience breathing difficulties, muscle twitching and unusual head movements. Anti-venom can prevent symptoms and can also work once they start to worsen.