Hornets kill at least 19 people in china, reasons unconfirmed
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
China’s central Shaanxi province has seen at least 19 deaths via hornets over the past three months, according to the city government of Ankang. These hornet attacks may include the world’s largest hornet species, Vespa mandarinia, which have potentially stung at least 583 people since early July.
Seventy victims are still recovering from these stings in hospital in the area. Earlier this month, 30 people, including 23 primary-school children between the ages of six and eight, were injured in a hornet attack in Guangxi province. The students’ teacher, Li Zhiqiang, told students to hide under tables before losing consciousness after attempting to drive the insects away.
Nearly 60 students and teachers were injured in a different incident at the start of the month. Experts say reasons ranging from dry weather to land development to hornet sensitivity to the smell of humans may be contributing factors in these incidents.
The most recent incidents have caused the Ankang city government to host an emergency video call addressing concerns about the attacks. Vice Mayor Lu Qi said he will increase investment into regional hornet control and establish a 24-hour emergency hornet response team to reduce these incidents.