Giant Hornets Go on Mad Killing Spree in China, Bites 28 People Dead, Hundreds Injured, Global Warming, Climate Change Blamed for Restive Nature
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | September 27, 2013 6:46 PM EST
You'd think it only happens in the movies, but yes, giant insects swarming on humans and killing them actually does happen. In China, 28 people have died after getting bitten by a swarm of Asian giant hornets.
Witnesses and survivors lucky enough to endure the ordeal recalled being chased for hundreds of metres. The Asian giant hornets can probably outrace a skilled and talented runner. It is capable of flying up to 62 miles (100 kilometres) at speeds of 25 mph (40 km/h).
Victims were bitten and stung up to 200 times.
If not immediately treated, such multiple stings can prove fatal to a victim. A victim reported suffering acute renal failure while another was hospitalized for almost a month.
The attack of the Asian giant hornets, also known as Vespa mandarinia, happened over a period of several weeks in and around the towns of Ankang, Hanzhong and Shangluo of Shaanxi. Authorities have advised residents to refrain walking through fields and wooded areas this year. They likewise advised victims to seek immediate treatment.
"Patients with more than 10 hornet stings should seek medical attention. Those with more than 30 stings need immediate emergency treatment," Chinese Business, a local newspaper quoted a director of Ankang Disease Control Centre, as saying.
Zhou Yuanhong, a health official, told the Associated Press the Asian giant hornets' attacks were not an unusual occurrence. In fact, 36 people have died in the city and 715 others injured between 2002 and 2005 because of the attacks.
However, the rather aggressive nature of the insects this year was noted to be particularly severe because of the weather changes. According to experts, the hornets breed more successfully in warmer temperatures where hundreds or even thousands could live in a single nest. It is believed they go deeper into wooded areas in search of bee colonies.
A swarm of not even more than 30 hornets can easily wipe out a 30,000-strong honeybee colony in just a matter of hours.
Hospitals around the affected areas have set up special units to focus on patients bitten by the Asian giant hornets. Fire crews have likewise mobilized to remove hornet nests.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Kate Middleton Suffocated in Kensington Palace, Queen Elizabeth Reported War With The Duchess [PHOTOS]
- Brad Pitt Still in Love with Ex-Wife Jennifer Aniston, Staying with Angelina Jolie for Sake of Kids, Claims Brad's Psychic
- British Style Icon Kate Middleton Fashion Talk With Camilla Parker-Bowles Daughter-In-Law [PHOTOS]
- Transfer News: Manchester United's Possible Transfer Options For This Season
Join the Conversation
- Xiaomi Mi Band vs. Fitbit Flex Fitness Band Price And Specifications Comparison [WATCH VIDEOS]
- ABC News Reporter Elizabeth Vargas Befallen with Alcoholism Again, Returns to Rehab
- Pamela Anderson Chickens Out Of Ice Bucket Challenge
- Cancer Cure: Botox May Help in Treatment of Gastric Cancer
- Kourtney Kardashian Reveals Her Healthy and Organic Lifestyle, Talks About Pregnancy Cravings
- James Foley Beheading Video Has Play-Acting Portions – Video Experts Say
- Apple iPhone 6 Release Date, iPhone 6C or 6L Anticipation: Three Things Should Matter To New Phone Shoppers
- Upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 With Dual-SIM Support Gets Approved In China; Full Specifications Revealed; Amber-Coloured Xperia Z3 Tipped
- More Nexus 8/Nexus 9 Release Confirmed with More Leaks and Out of Stock Nexus 7 and 10
- James Foley: Release of Beheading Video by ISIS Meant to Attract More Recruits to Join the Cause – Intelligence
- 2015 Ford Mustang: Right-Hand Drive Pony Car To Be Available In Australia Next Year
- James Foley: ISIS Demanded Multimillion Ransom, US Refused To Pay---Reports