Friday, October 10, 2014

800,000 bees kill Arizona gardener

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There are about 40 fatal bee attacks in the US every year.

The danger is not the toxicity of the venom but that when killer bees are disturbed “they are more likely to pursue the source of disturbance more consistently,” Dr May Berenbaum, a professor at the University of Illinois, told CBSNews.com.

800,000 bees kill Arizona gardener

A gardener in Arizona has died after being dive bombed by a swarm of killer bees and another man was taken to hospital with 100 stings.

The 32-year-old victim was working on a house in Douglas near the Mexican border with three colleagues who were preparing to cut the lawn of a 90-year-old man when the bees struck.

They were working for a charity that provides work for people with learning difficulties and assists needy or elderly people in the community.

As soon as they turned on their lawn mower they were dive bombed by a huge swarm of bees from a hive which was concealed in the back of the house.

Two of the other gardeners who were not badly stung ran to a neighbor’s house to call the fire service but when the emergency services arrived on the scene one of the men had collapsed and was already in respiratory arrest.

“A witness said his face and neck were covered in bees,” Captain Ray Luzania, from the Douglas fire department, told the Arizona Republic.

The man, whose name has not been released, later died on arrival to hospital having suffered a heart attack.

The second victim is believed to have been stung about 100 times before managing to escape and remains in critical condition in the hospital.

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