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Six people, including a mother and her 8-year-old daughter, were stung to death by a swarm of “killer bees” during a bus trip in Nicaragua earlier this week.
A bus carrying 60 passengers was making the hour-long trip from Jinotega to San Sebastián de Yalí, Nicaragua, on Monday when the vehicle skidded off the road and fell 165 feet into a ravine, according to local reports in the New York Post. .
While all passengers survived the initial frightening crash, the bus landed in a coffee plantation that was home to several disturbed – and angry – Africanized killer bees.
Passengers were repeatedly bitten by the rabid insects, and the victims’ bodies were covered from head to toe in hundreds of rabid red bite marks.
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Six people died from killer bee stings and another 14 were hospitalized after the incident.
The New York Times reported the victims as: Queen Elizabeth Olivas Montalvan, 84; Santos Arnulfo Calderon Castellon, 38; Shelter Dilcia Flores, 32; and Kenya Jasmine Soza Bonilla,
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Also among the dead were Eneyda Tórrez Zelaya, 47, and her 8-year-old daughter Andrea Carolina.
According to the USDA, the africanized bee, also known as the killer bee, is a cross between the European bee and the African bee.
The so-called killer bee is the result of experiments in Brazil decades ago. The insects then migrated to the US
While weather is a factor, a normal bee season runs from mid-March through October.
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Bees are also constantly on the alert for potential threats to their hive, and even find the color of a shirt or the smell of cologne a threat.
Health authorities advise people who disturb a hive to cover their heads, flee and take cover and not wave their arms.