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Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times

Africanized Honey Bees Sting Man 1,000 Times

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him.

Wichita Falls officials blamed Thursday's attack on Africanized honey bees.

Spokesman Barry Levy says a swarm attacked a worker mowing grass along culverts near the Weeks Park Tennis Center. He says the man was in good condition at a local hospital.

Levy says two co-workers also were stung when they came to the man's aid. One worker fled into a nearby tennis center, bringing the swarm with him.

One of the co-workers also was hospitalized in good condition, the other was treated and discharged.

The center, a nearby trail and part of a golf course remain closed until personnel confirm the bees are gone.

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GUNSLINGER July 25 2014 at 9:45 AM

Remember our "BORDER INVASION"!

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Joy July 25 2014 at 8:59 AM

It seems like 20 years ago these bees were more virulent. I suspect that while they are still pretty agressive they are becoming less so and less toxic. I'm glad this guy's going to be ok.

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Bruce Joy July 25 2014 at 5:39 PM

I'm told that over the years many states have made quite plans to mix the AB's with the milder European ones. But it does take time. On the up side the AB's make more honey because they're so aggressive.

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pete July 25 2014 at 11:52 AM

Day just be blaming da bees cuz day bez from Africa!

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balaland pete July 25 2014 at 2:53 PM

Yeah , whats up with that ....

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pdgrovebaskets July 25 2014 at 3:32 PM

I can't believe the poor man is still living. Thank heavens it wasn't someone like my father who needs to be rushed to hospital if stung just once. I wish this man well and a speedy recovery, no one deserves this to happen to them, what a nightmare.

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corgi44 July 25 2014 at 11:48 AM

I wonder if he'll be arthritis free for life? I HOPE so.

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ibironhorse corgi44 July 25 2014 at 11:27 PM

It' sure going to help with any arthritis and much more, even preventive mantainance/

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boardsrbetter July 25 2014 at 10:40 AM

I wasnt there, but bees only go up to 100 yards from the colony, or maybe its 300 yards not feet..... oh well, google it. Anyway, bees can only go a certain distance from the hive. So the guy should have ran like hell. Preferably ran straight down the street. NOT into a freaking cage.

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grownupfun boardsrbetter July 25 2014 at 3:55 PM

Have you ever been swarmed by an aggressive hive of bees or hornets? I have and I can totally see how one gets completely turned upside down.

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Bruce boardsrbetter July 25 2014 at 5:36 PM

I raise bees and although I haven't tested any of this scientificly, I'm told they can go as far as 3 miles, though they usually don't. keep your EPI pen ready just in case.

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cgssnavickas July 25 2014 at 10:27 AM

He's lucky compared to some other people. Some people are highly allergic, and can possibly die from that many stings. I never realized I was allergic until 2 years ago when I was stung by a bee. My finger (Where I got stung, and through gardening gloves, no less!) swelled up like a balloon. I later found out it was an allergic reaction. Now I'm careful when I go outside and see any bees.

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ibironhorse cgssnavickas July 25 2014 at 11:37 PM

Redness and swelling at the sting site is normal with a bee sting. Being allergic is when your throat swells shut and you can't swallow or breathe and you have anaphylactic shock.

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norhazg July 25 2014 at 4:04 PM

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dennis warner norhazg July 25 2014 at 7:59 PM


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East Coast Video July 25 2014 at 8:51 AM

He's in "good" condition at a local hospital? Must be Superman.

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Michael Dubacher July 25 2014 at 4:47 PM

Moral here : BEE xtra careful.

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