Written by CNBC
A massive outbreak of disease believed to be cholera has infected close to 1000 people downriver of the Nile and at least 100 are believed to be dead.
The administration of Ramses II proposed potential solutions included sending medics to areas of the outbreaks and establishing a quarantine. There was also support for continuing to investigate the Nile in an effort to learn more about potential sources of contamination.
The outbreak occurred in unusual locations: all areas north and upstream point about halfway up the Nile have suffered the outbreak. The southern areas of the Nile appear to be entirely free of any cases of the infection. Troops scouring the area to glean information about the origin of the outbreak have reported the presence of pig carcasses along the banks of the Nile.
Suspicious of the unexpected locations of the outbreak, some members of the administration of Ramesses II have suggested that foul play may be at hand, and implied that there may be traitors within the administration itself.
Amenemopet, the Viceroy of Nubia, claimed that the scattered pig carcasses indicate that the outbreak was spread intentionally, noting that though it is possible, it is unlikely that at least five pigs died in the same area of the Nile at the same time as the emergence of a cholera outbreak.
Paser, Vizier of the Southern Region, agreed, suggesting that the best way to prevent the dangerous disease from spreading further is to contain its source. To do this, he suggested traveling to the area of the outbreak and establishing a quarantine there in addition to sending medics there. In order to ensure transparency throughout these operations, he further suggested putting the executive committee in charge of all medical operations related to the outbreak.
The Crown Prince Amun-her-khepeshef, however, blamed immigrants for the cholera outbreak, saying, “They warned our Pharaoh of the so-called plagues facing our nation. We must expel them from our great kingdom and send them back to their homeland.” He believes that if the immigrants are killed or expelled, the outbreak will end.
The potential cholera infection hit close to home for the administration of Ramses II, who had a surprise evacuation of their council meeting when a sick citizen and her companions stumbled into the meeting room. Members of his council voiced support for thoroughly cleaning the royal family’s household in an attempt to protect them from the outbreak.
If untreated, cholera can lead to death through severe dehydration due to diarrhea. The disease is spread by the ingestion of food or water contaminated by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
Health officials have reported that they are working to contain the disease and have urged that the sick and dead not be touched. The disease can only be stopped if exposure to it is limited.
This unfortunate news comes on the heels of other recent hardships for Egypt. On April 4, 2019, the council recurved news that their seafaring vessels had been attacked by pirates.