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1,000 Bee Stings: Man Mowing Lawn Recovering After Attack in Texas

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Emergency medical personnel rush a man to a waiting ambulance following an attack by a swarm of bees Thursday morning, July 24, 2014, at Weeks Park in Wichita Falls, Texas. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey)

By    |   Friday, 25 Jul 2014 05:02 PM

A Texas city worker mowing a lawn Thursday was stung 1,000 times by killer bees but was recovering well Friday.

The worker, along with two other city employees on a mowing crew, was attacked by the swarm of Africanized honey bees, commonly called killer bees, after accidentally disturbing a beehive.

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Two of those stung were still in the hospital on Friday, the Wichita Falls Times Record News said, and another was treated and released.

“Regardless of myths to the contrary, Africanized honey bees do not fly out in angry swarms to randomly attack unlucky victims,” a U.S. Department of Agriculture website said of the bees. “However, the AHB can become highly defensive in order to protect their hive, or home. Again, it is now better to consistently exercise caution with respect to all bee activity. So keep your distance from any swarm of bees.”

The USDA also said the average adult can handle around 10 stings per pound of body weight, so most adults can handle more than 1,100 stings.

Swarms of Africanized honey bees have increased as those bees became common in North America. In 2011, several aggressive swarms that injured people brought national attention to the issue. In one case, numerous children were injured after a ball accidentally hit a hive near a school and bees swarmed the playground.

In March, three people were injured in what was thought to be two separate swarms of killer bees in California.

Another case of stinging insects didn’t end as well as the man stung 1,000 times. A Canadian mayor, Lucie F. Roussel, died from a wasp attack Sunday after being stung 15 times.

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