Rescued dogs run at the Hope shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometers southwest of Cairo. AFP / Khaled DESOUKI
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Alaa Hilal was out shopping in Cairo when she was attacked by a stray dog in broad daylight -- an increasing problem of daily life in Egypt which is stirring debate.An overpopulated megacity of more than 20 million people, Cairo is already plagued by monster traffic jams, widespread waste problems and rampant pollution. Packs of stray dogs are only adding to the city's challenges.Commonly referred to as "baladi dogs," strays are widely viewed as unsanitary and dirty.A bite from a dog carrying the rabies virus can be fatal within 24 hours as it damages the human's nervous system, said Shehab Abdel-Hamid, who is the head of Egypt's society for the prevention of cruelty to animals.Hilal, who had never feared dogs having had several pets when growing up, was rushed to a nearby hospital only to discover that she was the ninth person to be bitten by the same dog.In November, a video widely circulated on social media showed a car hitting a teenager who was being chased by two stray dogs.The buildings with sheer concrete walls have kept more than 250 dogs safe for the past three years.
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