Woman stung to death by Africanized bees Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

A woman from the Cayo District has been stung to death by Africanized bees. A woman at the Arms of Love Primary School in the Kontiki Area, located at the periphery of San Ignacio, died on Wednesday evening as a result of being stung numerous times by the aggressive bees.

At about 2:45 pm, San Ignacio Police received reports of a swarm of Africanized bees attacking a group of persons at the Arms of Love Primary School.

Unfortunately one of the victims of that attack was a 60 year old domestic, Cruz Chan. After the attack by bees, she was immediately taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

In 1956, a Brazilian scientist called Warwick Kerr imported African honeybees to South America with the intention of breeding a more productive strain. Some of them escaped and bred with European honeybees in the wild, giving rise to a hybrid species that has so far spread to Belize and the rest of the Americas. Researchers have known that Africanized bees tend to respond to colony disturbance more quickly and in greater numbers, and with more stinging.