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Thursday 2 October 2014

Thousands of bees attack woman

Published 09/03/2014 | 00:52

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A 71-year-old woman is believed to have suffered about 1,000 stings in Southern California after being attacked by a swarm of killer bees that covered her entire body.

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Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Williams says the woman was expected to recover after Thursday's attack in Palm Desert. He said five firefighters were also treated in hospital for stings.

A bee removal specialist told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that up to 80,000 Africanized honey bees that were in an underground electrical vault stung a Verizon employee who opened it.

Lance Davis said the bees then attacked the woman, who had just got out of a car nearby.

Mr Davis said her relatives tossed a blanket over her and rushed her indoors.

He said he removed the bees and planned to donate them to farmers.

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