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Scorpions sting more than 500 people in Egypt






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Scorpions stung over 500 people in Egypt. Heavy rain forced hundreds of scorpions into the streets and people's homes earlier this week. Many people had to go to hospital. Doctors gave them anti-venom injections. The people went home after having the jab. Those stung by the scorpions had severe pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. Hospitals are now on alert, just in case more people are stung. A weather expert said farmers in the area should be careful, especially in their fields. He asked people to be careful of snakes, which were also seen after the rain.

People are worried because the scorpions are very dangerous. They are Arabian fat-tailed scorpions. Their nickname is "man-killer". They are among the most dangerous scorpions in the world. Their venom is very poisonous and can kill a human in an hour. The scorpions live in the mountains. They rarely come into contact with humans. The weather expert said people should wear proper footwear when they went outside. He said the scorpion numbers would go down after the rainwater dried up. Less than one per cent of the world's scorpion species are deadly.

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