Not quite Egypt but pretty close: there is a passage in Numbers 21 about
Moses, the people of Israel and "fiery serpants" which one parasitology
text I once read suggested refered to Dracunculus. Modern translations
substitute snake for "fiery serpant".
David A. Johnston
Dept of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road,
South Kensington, London SW7 5BD. England
(tel 071 9389297, fax 071 9388754, email daj at nhm.ac.uk)