Killer wasps invade China, kill 21
UPDATED OCTOBER 9th, 2013
Chinese officials are fighting fire with fire, and attempting to burn and gas the wasps that have been plaguing entire cities, leaving more than 42 people dead.
Exterminators in protective clothing have been sent to Shaanxi province, and photos show them wrestling with the enormous hives.
The cities of Angkang, Hanzhong and Shangluo have been the worst affected over the past three months. Authorities are hoping this will rid the area of the nightmare insects before any more people are killed.
UPDATED OCTOBER 4th, 2013
The Daily Mail has just reported that over 40 people have died, 37 patients are in a critical condition, and more than 1,600 have been injured by the bees in Northern China. They also report that victims of the attack have been left with “deep, dark craters in their skin the size of bullet wounds”.
A special medic team has been mobilised to treat injuries.
One victim, identified only as Mu, has spent two months in hospital on dialysis treatments. 200 stitches on her legs later, and she still cannot move.
Firefighters have been working to remove the hornet’s nests.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED OCTOBER 3rd, 2013
You might want to invest in some serious insect spray.
Or venture under your bed covers, never to emerge.
“The more you run, the more they want to chase you”, says one survivor. But we aren’t talking about horror movie gremlins or extras from the Walking Dead. These are real, and they’ve killed 21 people in China already.
The Vespa mandarinia, or giant hornet, can grow to 5.58cm in length, travel up to 100km per day at speeds of 40km per hour, and have a sting that dissolves human tissue. They use their talons and mandibles to sever the heads and limbs of their prey, and they feed the larvae of other insects to their young.
And they’ve been responsible for a spate of deaths and injuries in China’s Shanxii province over the last three months. It kind of makes the current moth infestation sweeping Sydney (based on reports of, er, the editorial team) seem like child’s play.
A total of 583 people have been stung by the killer wasps since July 1st this year, according to official reports. Earlier this month, 30 people were injured (23 of them children), when the wasps swarmed a school. The teacher urged students to hide under their table while he swatted the hornets away, before losing consciousness. In an unrelated hornet attack, 60 students and teachers were attacked.
Experts say various factors have contributed to the increase in hornet activity, including land development and the recent state of hot, dry weather.
It almost makes you glad the weather in Sydney has taken a turn for the worst. Almost.
Posted By:Urban Society Team
Posted On:03 Oct 2013
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