Horrible accidents can wait for you just around the corner. 30,000 to 80,000 Africanized bees that had built a 10-pound hive came out of the blue and attacked a housecleaner in Orange County, California.
How it all happened?
You wouldn’t believe that the horrific picture of the woman, identified as Maria, screaming and covering her head surrounded by a huge cloud of bees could happen in real life. Such a terrifying scenario cannot be seen even in Alfred Hitchcock's scariest films.
Luckily, even though Maria has been stung more than 200 times, the woman is going to be fine. However, she wouldn’t be able to make it if not the fast reaction of the firefighters who arrived on the scene in just a couple of minutes. Moreover, instead of wasting time gearing up, they decided to take immediate actions. Two firefighters grabbed a CO2 extinguisher and sprayed the woman. The men risked their own health to save the woman, as they also got stung multiple times.
According to the firefighters, Maria had the bees all over her face, around the mouth and ears, in her hair and they were almost in clusters. After using the extinguisher, she was transported to the nearest hospital. A neighbor recalls the horrific event:
It was so horrendous… It was awful! And I felt so powerless, there was nothing I could do.
The bees are believed to be Africanized, which means though they look like regular bees, they are ten times more aggressive. This type of bees is responsible for hundreds of human deaths.
How to treat bee and wasp stings?
There’s not much you can do in case of such mass bee attack. However, you should know how to treat bee and wasp stings, as they can be deadly.
- First off, remove any stingers and apply ice to the site.
- Secondly, you might want to take some antihistamine like Benadryl or Claritin to coop with swelling and itching.
- If you have an allergic reaction, you should use Epinephrine.
- Monitor the site, and if the symptoms are not getting better in two or three hours, it is reasonable to visit your doctor.
Overall, single bee and wasp stings are not life-threatening if you don’t have an allergy. However, it is truly a miracle that Maria survived such a terrifying attack. The woman is in her early fifties and will be able to make a full recovery thanks to the firefighters!
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