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Woman survives 1,000 stings from 'killer' bees

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.'



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.

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dashdzl March 10 2014 at 3:18 PM

I am glad she will be okay. what an ordeal to go through..

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punnster March 10 2014 at 7:11 PM

The Queen bee isn't the only one that can release the attack pheromone. If one releases it, that will stimulate others to release it. They are relentless in pursuit. If you come across a hive or a swarm of bees, do not go near. Notify animal control they should know someone to handle it. Bees are a critical necessity to much of our agriculture.

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david.konen punnster March 10 2014 at 8:13 PM

I agree here. Going ANYWHERE near bees would be a BIG-TIME "no-no". ONLY a trained professional should be around to move a beehive from one place to another.

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Purple Shell david.konen March 10 2014 at 9:06 PM

Not true. Any bee keeper worth the name can capture a bee swarm. My daughter does it all the time and so do others in her bee network.

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chdblwinnr March 10 2014 at 11:13 AM

We had a run-in with Africanized bees when we lived in Arizona. I was outside and saw this huge black cloud coming towards me from down the street. It was really weird and I had no idea what it was. A few seconds later the gigantic swarm landed in one of my palm trees. We were fortunate as they moved on a few hours later but my neighbor wasn't so lucky. They loved one of his orange trees and moved in permanently until he had a bee removal company kill them about a week later.

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dusty754 March 10 2014 at 7:25 PM

"The bees are reportedly Africanized bees, or known more commonly as killer bees. As their name suggests, their stings can be fatal."

Any bee sting can be fatal. The killer bee sting is no different than that of the European honeybee except that the Africanized bees are more tenacious in defending their hive. Their defending swarm is much larger and they will follow their victim for a much longer distance.
But this is what happens when man decided that he can improve his world by altering some lifeform. The lifeform escapes and this is the outcome.

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david.konen dusty754 March 10 2014 at 8:11 PM

and the WEIRD thing about this is, this started down in South America. Then, the bees came swarming up through Central America, and into Mexico (mainly along the 2 coasts of Mexico). Texas and California will be the 1st 2 states of the U.S. to have "killer bee" incidents.

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patriotwomanelizabeth david.konen March 10 2014 at 9:14 PM

Their migration to the US was curtailed for a long time by their inability to fly across the Panama canal.

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dworkenlaw1 March 10 2014 at 11:07 AM

Who is responsible for the genetic engineering through intentional cross breeding which produced a strain of bees which is this agressive?

Once again, we ignore to our peril the old adage, "Don't fool with Mother Nature."

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cempiremtn dworkenlaw1 March 10 2014 at 11:33 AM

They came from a research lab in South America.

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NAOMI cempiremtn March 10 2014 at 11:39 AM

They were erroneously let out and at that very moment predictions began as to how long it would take before the bees reached North America.

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thunderboatsuzy March 10 2014 at 10:54 AM

god bless the lady she has a angel on her shoulder to survive that trauma,,

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Judith March 10 2014 at 10:51 AM

Bees can make hives in some of the strangest places, even tiny ones. Last summer, after not having driven my car for about a week, I was about to get into it when I saw bees going in and out through the crack at the door hinge which you'd think was too narrow for anything to get in. I called maintenance and one of the guys came armed with a spray. After spraying through the crack he opened the door - there was a tiny hive they had built that went from the top of the door hinge to the dashboard - it was about 5 inches long and 4 inches wide. There was about a tablespoonful of honey (inedible, of course, because of the spray) and a bunch of dead or dying bees, along with one that managed to sting the maintenance man on the hand. Fortunately he wasn't allergic to bee stings.

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david.konen March 10 2014 at 8:07 PM

This had to have been ONE brave woman. I'm sure if I'd been stung by a VERY big swarm of bees, I probably would NOT have survived.

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spock4777 david.konen March 10 2014 at 8:14 PM

I don't think being brave or not has anything to do with surviving bee stings...she was lucky nothing more nothing less.

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hosetrucking March 10 2014 at 8:13 PM

I fear the bees more then I do the mountain lions and bears when I'm out hiking by myself. Those are scary.

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$300,000 in 2006 hosetrucking March 10 2014 at 10:28 PM

what about tigers?

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G $300,000 in 2006 March 10 2014 at 10:39 PM

Oh MY!!!

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tony $300,000 in 2006 March 10 2014 at 10:53 PM

tigers need to be dealt with by a 458 win magnum. That`ll learn them. So let it be written, so let it be done. In the name of all that be hole lee, amen.

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Hi ya Dale! March 10 2014 at 6:23 PM

Was wondering where this was as this article didn't bother to mention it. Found more information on Google.

http://www.weather.com/news/killer-bees-attack-california-woman-inflict-more-1000-stings-20140309

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rreggaeredkc Hi ya Dale! March 10 2014 at 7:36 PM

Article said in Ca.

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Susan Hi ya Dale! March 10 2014 at 7:49 PM

Palm Desert, California

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