Scorpion horde kills 3, while injuring hundreds in Egypt
November 15, 2021

Fat tailed scorpion

Egyptian health ministry officials claim severe weather caused a swarm of scorpions in the city of Aswan. Heavy rains forced the scorpion horde into homes, causing 3 deaths from stings.

Over 450 others were injured and required hospitalization. Health officials stated over 3,000 anti-venom treatments were available in the city, as this type of injury is known to be particularly deadly.

The fat-tailed scorpion is only 3-4 inches full grown. However, it is considered to be one of the most dangerous scorpions in the world. Their sting delivers neurotoxins, cardiotoxins, and possibly myotoxins that may be fatal if not treated within an hour of being stung.

Although several poisonous scorpions inhabit the region, the swarm of scorpions are thought to be from the genus Androctonus, which originaly translated from Greek into Latin means “man-killer.”

There are around 18 species of Androctonus, varying in shape, color, and size. Nevertheless, the one thing they have in common is they can all stay the hell away from me.

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