Six dead following killer bee attack

 May 12, 2023

Fox News reported that a freak accident earlier this week led to six people being stung to death by killer bees. 

According to the network, the tragedy began on Monday when a bus traveling in Nicaragua went off the road and fell some 165 feet down a ravine before finally landing in a coffee field.

Among the dead are an 8-year-old girl and her mother

While all 60 of the vehicle's passengers survived the initial ordeal, they were soon confronted by an angry swarm of Africanized bees.

Some of the passengers sustained hundreds of bee stings, with 14 having to be hospitalized and another six losing their lives.

Among the dead was 8-year-old Andrea Carolina and her 47-year-old mother Eneyda Tórrez Zelaya. They were joined by Reyna Isabel Olivas Montalván, 84; Santos Arnulfo Calderón Castellón, 38; Dilcia Flores Amparo, 32; and Kenia Jazmín Soza Bonilla, 19.

Fox News noted that Africanized bees first appeared in Brazil decades ago as a result of experiments involving African bees and European honey bees.

Multiple killer bee attacks have been reported in the United States

Despite being once confined to South and Central America, Africanized bees have since made their way to the United States. Fox News reported in March that two McAllen, Texas dogs died after they fell victim to the aggressive insects.

The network also announced earlier this month that a family visiting Arizona's Buckeye Valley was confronted by a swarm of Africanized bees.

That saw the mother of small children put her children in a car while she suffered 75 bee stings, actions which were hailed by the Arizona Fire and Medical Authority.

"The Mother’s quick thinking saved the children from being stung," Fox News quoted the organization as saying. "She put them in the car and subsequently took the brunt of the stings."

Bees appear to be more capable of surviving cold climates than previously thought

The Arizona Fire and Medical Authority advised those who find themselves being attacked by Africanized bees to "run in a straight line, cover your face, and get to shelter."

What's more, the organization stressed that bee victims should not attempt to fight the insects and avoid jumping into the water.

The Smithsonian Institution states that in 1990, Africanized bees "reached southern Texas, appeared in Arizona in 1993, and found their way to California in 1995."

While the insects are thought to prefer hot climates, Reuters reported in 2014 that a colony of Africanized bees was discovered in Colorado.

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