Troubled times ahead for dogs in Egypt

epa06330932 A woman stands nest to a sleeping stray dog at Al Ghoreia district, Cairo, Egypt, 15 November 2017. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED HOSSAM

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The Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad has announced his ministry is ready to address the crisis of stray dogs.

His comments came amid an uproar in Egypt about the amount of attacks by stray dogs.

There have been 6,241 cases of people being hospitalized after being attacked by stray dogs in Egypt’s Menoufia governorate during the past four months, the Ministry of Health and Population said in a report.

Apart from the problem with vicious stray dogs,  there is an ever increasing problem with rats. A report by the Egyptian Department of Preventive Medicine at the Directorate of Health Affairs in Menoufia revealed that 759 people have been hospitalized due to rat bites so far this year.

Dr. Hassan Shafiq, deputy head of the Egyptian Veterinary Service, said rat bites can transmit deadly diseases and are often responsible for crop damage.

 

Via The Arab News

 

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