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    Hornets on rampage in China

    NewsOther petsMonday 07 October 2013
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    Swarms of massive hornets are flying across China and have racked up over 40 deaths and injured more than 1,600 people in the heavily populated country. There are also said to be 37 people in a serious condition in hospital.

    The attacks are believed to have been caused by giant hornets which are a species that are said to be four times the size of British honeybees. They leave victims with giant bullet-sized wounds that cause dark craters in the skin. The pain is said to be similar to that of a hot nail being put in and taken out of the skin quickly.

    Over the past 3 months victims have come from the cities of Angkang, Hanzhong and Shangluo. Attacks usually happen around these cities every year but this year the attacks have grown in numbers. Hornets are said to be particularly aggressive around mating season in September and October and due to the hot and dry weather, this has contributed to the ferocity of attacks. Most of the victims are rural farm workers that accidently disturb the nests. The difficulty is that the nests are usually in hidden sites.

    Authorities in these cities believe that the culprit is the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia which can grow up to 5cm long and have a 6mm sting. What makes the sting so dangerous is that it is toxic and this leads to anaphylactic shock and renal failure.

    Victims have said that the more you run, the more they chase you and the insects are said to chase people about 200 metres.

    Authorities in China are working on solving the problems. They have setup a specialist medical team and training more medics to treat victims. Firefighters have also been given specialist tools and have started removing the nests manually and setting them on fire.

    There are growing fears that this special type of hornet could one day arrive in Britain. They are thought to have arrived in France in late 2004 within a delivery of Chinese pottery. The insects have spread among themselves and have been killing off many bees which have caused honey production to plummet.

     

     

    Source: Daily Mail

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