Deaths have more than doubled as specialists warn of increasing danger for city-dwellers

Specialists in Brazil have warned of the rising danger of deadly scorpions amid a spiraling number of reported deaths and bites by the hardy arachnids which are proliferating in the country’s urban centres.

The number of deaths from scorpion bites reported to the country’s public health system has more than doubled in the past four years, from 70 in 2013 to 184 in 2017, while cases of scorpion bites rose from 37,000 in 2007 to 126,000 last year.

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