Woman survives 1,000 stings from 'killer' bees
A California woman stung more than 1,000 times by a swarm of bees is expected to be okay.
Firefighters say the unidentified 71-year-old woman was a covered in a 'suit of bees' when they arrived on scene, according to KABC.
'The bees, about 75,000 of them, made a hive inside a fiber optic phone line utility box. You can see the honeycomb on the lid. [She] had to be rescued by having a blanket thrown over her head and taken inside by her neighbor.'
** FILE ** This 1991 photo shows a close up of an Africanized honeybee or killer bee. A reader-submitted question about killer bees is being answered as part of an Associated Press Q&A column called "Ask AP" (AP Photo)
Hundreds of European honey bees cover a rack in bee keeper Fred Frye's backyard in Tijeras, N.M., on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999. While working a newly acquired hive10 miles away, Frye was accosted by several hundred bees trying to sting him through his protective clothing. A sample of the bees was turned in to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture which said the variety of bee that attacked Frye was a cross between a killer bee, or Africanized honey bee, and a more docile European honeybee. The bees have been blamed for seven deaths in the Southwest, four in Arizona and three in Texas, and have been found in dozens of counties stretching from Texas to California. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)
In this photo, released by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, assistant entomology professor Bill Kern demonstrates how bees behave when they're in "defense mode," during the Africanized Honey Bee Field Day, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at the school's tropical research and education center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event taught police, fire and other emergency workers how to properly deal with the insects and was a joint effort by the university and the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (AP Photo/University of Florida, Josh Wickham)
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MARCH 18-19 ** Beekeepers, from left, Josh Redding, Jesse Drew and Kyle Smith, check a hive near Hahira, Ga., on Thursday, March 9, 2006, amid a swarm of bees. Georgia officials have set traps along the Florida border to detect the arrival of aggressive Africanized bees, possibly this year. Africanized bees, a hybrid that originated in Brazil, arrived in Texas in 1990 and have been spreading to other states. Experts believe Georgia's healthy population of docile European bees could dampen the aggressive nature of Africanized bees, also known as killer bees. (AP Photo, Elliott Minor)
At least five firefighters, one Verizon employee, and neighbors were also stung by the bees. The Desert Sun reports the five firefighters were taken to the hospital for their injuries, but are expected to be okay.
Authorities made a reverse 911 call to the area, telling everyone within two miles of the incident to stay indoors and away from the bees.
A Cal Fire Battalion Chief told ABC, this problem with bees seems to be growing. 'In 20 years I've never been on a case like this. In Southern California, we're starting to hear bees are becoming more prevalent in the area.'
The bees are reportedly Africanized bees, or known more commonly as killer bees. As their name suggests, their stings can be fatal.
One insect removal expert told ABC the phone box where the bees were found are supposed to be bee proof and whoever serviced the box last may have improperly secured it.