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A man was killed by a gigantic swarm of bees after being stung hundreds of times on Thursday near Tucson, Arizona.
The Northwest Fire District said it was called around noon about a bee swarm in Marana and took three people to hospital, one of whom sadly passed away.
Fire authorities wrote, “We can confirm one fatality, an adult male, following this afternoon’s incident.”
His identity has not yet been made public by authorities.
Authorities also shared a photograph of a beekeeper attending to the bee hive, captioning it: “A large open hive, estimated around 100 pounds, was located in a tree nearby. More information will be released when available.”
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Three of the firefighters were also stung, with one being stung 60 times necessitating a hospital visit for evaluation, but was later released.
The other two did not require medical treatment, according to the fire officials.
The Marana Police department said that bee handlers killed most of the bees and got rid of the hive, but still urged people to “use caution” while in the area of the bees’ nest.
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Their statement, released on July 29, said: “Bee handlers have killed most of the bees and have removed the hive. Although the area is much safer, there are still some lingering bees.
“Please continue to use caution while in the area. Several people were injured and one person has passed away due to their injuries.”
Honey bees swarm when they have outgrown a hive.
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A queen will lead up to 20,000 workers off to find a new home leaving the rest of the colony with more space.
Most people can withstand up to 1,000 stings, but if they are allergic just one could be fatal.
According to the Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention in 2019, there have been 1,109 deaths from bee, hornet and wasp stings between 2000 and 2017, with an average of 62 people dying a year.
Eighty per cent of the fatalities were estimated to be men.
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