A man was killed and five others were injured after a swarm of bees attacked them in an Arizona neighborhood.
The fatal victim, who has not been identified, was stabbed along with two other local residents “hundreds of times” after disrupting a 100-pound beehive in a tree in the backyard of a Marana County home around noon on Thursday.
“Three patients, believed to have been stabbed hundreds of times, have been transported or medically examined,” the Northwest Fire District said in a statement posted on social media.
Emergency services quickly arrived, but several firefighters were also stabbed. Three were stabbed “several times” and one was hospitalized but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
One firefighter, believed to have been stabbed about 60 times, has been taken to a local hospital for examination. He has since been released,” the Northwest Fire District said.
A man was killed Thursday and the five others were injured in Arizona after coming near a 100-pound beehive in a tree (pictured) in a neighborhood just north of Tuscon, local firefighters reported.
The hive was removed and most of the bees were killed by an attendant later in the day, Marana police reported.
“A majority of bees have been exterminated,” Marana police chief. Abel Samano told ABC 7. ‘We had a beekeeper respond and help us with that.’
“While the area is much safer, there are still some lingering bees,” the department said in a statement posted on social media that afternoon. “Please be careful if you’re around.”
Bee swarms are relatively common in Arizona, as are encounters with humans, according to the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association.
Marana Police Sgt. Abel Samano (pictured) said most of the bees in the swarm were killed by a beekeeper later that day
“The odds of anyone encountering wild honeybee colonies in the desert southwest is higher than in other parts of the country,” it said, but noted that the odds of dying from honeybees were many times smaller than being struck by lightning. to become.
The association said the most common honeybee in the area is an African hybrid, which can attack people who wander into their territory.
‘The African hybrid species thrives best in our specific climate with little rainfall and mild winter temperatures.’ it said. “Especially in urban areas where people have provided water, countless artificial cavities and flowers that are not native to the Sonoran Desert.”
In 2017, a horse was killed by a swarm of bees in Prescott, central Arizona, the city’s fire department reported.
In the same incident, two women were found nearby with hundreds of bees covering their faces, along with three other horses.
“The women and the animals were all aggressively stabbed,” said Prescott Fire Chief Don Devendorf.
Bee swarms are more common in Arizona than elsewhere in the country
In 2017, a horse was killed after being stung by a swarm of bees in Prescott, Arizona. Firefighters were able to move other nearby horses (pictured) out of the area before getting more stings
According to the CDC, an average of about 62 people are killed each year in the US by bee, wasp and hornet stings, with a total of 1,109 deaths from stings between 2000 and 2017.
The women were taken to an emergency room and survived, and firefighters were able to get the other horses out of the area before they got any more stings.
Other attacks in Arizona include one in 2015 in which a man was stabbed 500 to 1,000 times, and another later that year in which six people were injured by another swarm, the Guardian reported.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of about 62 people are killed each year in the US by stings from bees, wasps and hornets, with a total of 1,109 deaths from stings between 2000 and 2017.