China's Killer Hornets

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  1. Tarkus

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    China struggles to control spate of hornet attacks as deaths rise

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    BEIJING – Authorities in northern China are struggling to control a spate of attacks by aggressive hornets that has now killed 42 people and injured at least 1,640.​

    Residents in the cities of Ankang, Hanzhong and Shangluo in Shaanxi province have been hardest hit, according to local news reports, with 206 people still in hospitals for treatment. Of those, 37 are said to be in critical condition.​

    The attacks are blamed on a particularly aggressive species of hornet known as the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia. At nearly two inches long with a two-and-a-half-inch stinger, the Asian giant hornet is the largest in the world and has a reputation as a relentless hunter that stalks its prey -- normally honey bees -- in coordinated attacks.​

    The Chinese health ministry has ordered local authorities to exterminate the hornet hives in densely populated areas. Local officials have issued fire departments with special protective suits and pesticides and say that hundreds of hives have already been destroyed.

    A team of medical experts from Shanghai has also been deployed to oversee and provide treatment to victims. ​

    Health minister Li Bin said in a statement Thursday that he was "paying close attention to the situation." ​

    The unseasonably warm and dry weather in the region this fall – traditionally the normal breeding season for hornets – and continued human encroachment into hornet breeding grounds have been suggested as possible reasons for the recent rash of attacks.​

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    Five times the size of a regular honey bee, one Asian giant hornet is capable of killing as many as 40 honey bees per minute. In humans, the venom released by this species of hornet is a potent neurotoxin that can cause violent allergic reactions and extreme bruising around the sting area.​

    State-run media have shown images of bed-ridden victims suffering from multiple stings that look like small stab wounds.​

    Shaanxi authorities have also urged citizens to wear long-sleeved clothing while outside and not to aggravate the hornets if they encounter them.​


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    WTF

    Still wondering how wearing long sleeves is going to protect you.

    Sounds like when I was kid in school & they had us practicing a nuclear attack drill by getting under a desk with our hands over our heads.

    Screwed either way...
     
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    They really do look scary.
     
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    Thinking that's a typo....
     
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    I have read elsewhere that these things are becoming established in France, which is very worrisome given the precarious state of European honeybee populations.
    *hikes up nerd pants*
     
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    If they come here they can battle it out with the African killer bees migrating up.
     
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    Between the horrific nijuries of nearly 2000 Chinese citizens the potential loss of the european honeybee has put me in a rather lugubrious state of mind; how about you JC?
     
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    I guy I went to school with was killed by a swarm of bees doing some work in south America many years ago . Stumbled into a big nest , got " tagged " ( when bees go after someone the first attacker attaches a taggant to the victim which is like a big flashing neon sign saying get this thing ) and they swarmed him . He was found standing up trying to push his face into a crack in a rock wall , but with the thousands of stings he had it was game over . Weird way to go .
     
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    2 words. F*CK THAT
     

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