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A Teenager’s Muscles Rapidly Broke Down After Sustaining 700 Stings From Killer Bees

Africanized honey bees, or killer bees, pose a significant public health threat in South America, Central America, Mexico and the southwest United States. In the country of Brazil, where American killer bee populations originated over 70 years ago, nearly 14,000 killer bee incidents occurred during 2015, of these incidents, 39 human deaths were recorded. The toxins that are present within killer bee venom can lead to a host of severe medical conditions, many of which are life threatening. Killer bee venom is unique in that it causes sting victims to sometimes develop lesions on their internal organs. For example, a 13 year old developed a condition that entails the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle fibers in response to sustaining 700 stings from killer bees.

The toxic effects of killer bee venom can cause multiple organ dysfunction and even failure in people who sustain numerous stings. Although all honey bee venom has the potential to cause this effect if doses are high enough, Africanized honey bee stings are almost always the cause of multiorgan dysfunction in sting victims. After falling victim to a swarm of killer bees, the 13 year old boy developed intense swelling in his upper body. Tests showed that the boy developed a life-threatening condition known as “rhabdomyolysis” in response to the numerous stings that he sustained. This condition sees the rapid breakdown of muscle fibers, and consequently, the dead muscle debris makes its way into the bloodstream, often resulting in interrupted kidney and liver functioning or possible kidney or liver failure. This condition was also documented in 5 people who sustained numerous Africanized bee stings in Brazil. Despite receiving aggressive multi-drug treatments, three of the five patients died nearly 24 hours after sustaining the stings. Unfortunately, there does not yet exist any reliable antivenom or specific therapy to address massive envenomations by killer bees.

Do you actively fear falling victim to Africanized bee attacks?

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Victims Of Mass Bee Attacks Can Die From Their Injuries A Whole Two Weeks After Sustaining Venomous Stings 

Mass bee and wasp attacks can lead to death due to the high amount of venom injected into a human’s bloodstream by numerous insects. Falling victim to an unusually high dose of bee or wasp venom after sustaining numerous stings is known as “massive envenomation”. Most stinging events occur when one single wasp or bee specimen becomes disturbed by a human while searching for food. These stings usually occur during the late summer or fall when wasps are attracted to the food that humans eat outdoors. However, mass envenomation occurs when an entire colony of bee or wasps attack an intruder that they perceive to be a threat to their colony. In this case, an individual is attacked by hundreds or thousands of individual insects. Most documented attacks of this sort see victims sustaining hundreds of stings. Most stings are inflicted to the head and neck, as these are the preferred target body parts for bees and wasps. Kidney failure and death occur after an individual sustains 150 to 200 wasp stings and 150 to 1,000 bee stings. Most victims that sustain over 1,000 stings will survive if treatment is administered in time. The Vespa orientalis and Vespa affinis wasp species are responsible for a majority of envenomation deaths involving wasps.

Although there exists many differences between wasp venom and bee venom, the symptomatology resulting from their stings are similar. In mass envenomations, both bee and wasp stings cause affected individuals to develop edema, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fever, and unconsciousness. The histamine response to mass envenomations can result in the sudden onset of diarrhea and incontinence. In fact, one case report describes a victim who defecated the bees that he had inadvertently swallowed during an attack. Most deaths that result from mass envenomenations occur within a few days following attack, but sometimes death occurs up to 12 days following an attack. An 88 year old died four days after sustaining as many as 200 stings during an attack by a killer bee swarm and another individual died 12 days after sustaining around 130 stings.

Have you ever witnessed a swarm of wasps flying through the air?

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How Many Bee Stings Does It Take To Kill A Human?

How Many Bee Stings Does It Take To Kill A Human? And What Is The Record For The Highest Number Of Bee Stings Sustained By An Individual?

The number of bee stings that can be sustained before dying from an allergic reaction to the venom or from the toxic effects of venom vary significantly depending on the individual. People who have an allergy to insect venom can die from anaphylactic shock from just one single bee sting. However, an adult that does not have an allergy to insect venom can sustain hundreds or even thousands of stings without dying from the venom’s toxic effects. Amazingly, one man survived a total of 1,200 bee stings in Texas a few years back while another adult male died after sustaining a mere 98 stings. Obviously, neither one of these men were allergic to insect venom, but the significant disparity between the number of bites each man sustained illustrates how the effects of insect venom vary from person to person. While it may seem impossible to survive thousands of bee stings, it should be known that the above described bee attack survivor was 65 years old when he sustained 1,200 bee stings, and the Guinness Book of World Records describes a man who survived more than twice as many bee stings as the 65 year old.

Back in 1962, Johann Relleke survived a bee attack that saw 2,443 stingers removed from his body. Surviving more bee stings than this is certainly not likely, as one recent bee attack victim who did not have a venom allergy died almost immediately after sustaining 3,000 bee stings. According to the Merck Manual, a human can sustain 10 bee stings for each pound of body weight. Therefore, the average adult should be able to survive around 1,000 bee stings, while a child could survive 500. The data concerning the greatest number of bee stings sustained by a victim that died, is not easy to find, but the number would be very high. One bee attack incident in Arizona five years ago saw the victim sustain 800,000 stings. The bee culprits in this case were Africanized honey bees, which are responsible for several attacks on humans in Arizona each year.

Do you have a fear of bee or wasp stings?

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Bees Forced The Most Advanced Jet In Existence To Make An Emergency Landing, And This Problem Is Not Uncommon

No matter where in the world you may live, there is a good chance that you have heard stories in the media about mid-flight insect pest sightings on airplanes. These insect pests range from cockroaches to bed bugs, and just about every airline in the world is guilty of having a few insect-infested planes in their fleet. However, what is not as commonly known is the fact that bees can prevent airline flights from taking-off.Waco Bee Removal

The most recent issue concerning bees at the airport occurred just one week ago at the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa. Three airline flights were delayed after a swarm of bees that numbered in the thousands settled within one of the aircraft’s engines. According to the airport’s spokesperson, this situation is unprecedented. Three beekeepers were called in to have the nesting bees removed so that the plane could finally take-off for its destination.

Back in August of 2016, a 143 million dollar F-22 raptor, which may be the most advanced fighter jet in the world, grounded temporarily after Air Force personnel discovered what amounted to 20,000 bees hanging from the aircraft’s exhaust pipe. Initially, crew members planned on clearing the bees themselves, but after realizing that honey bees are nearing extinction, they called in a team of beekeepers to have the insects removed. The beekeepers placed all of the bees into several buckets that weighed 8 pounds in total.

Last year, another flight was delayed after passenger and crew members discovered tens of thousands of bees that had been clinging to the side of their aircraft shortly before take-off. According to a witness who had traveled more than 2 million miles by plane, the massive number of bees looked surreal, and he had never seen anything like it before. The bee presence on the runway prevented employees from loading cargo. After a couple of hours, a beekeeper arrived to assess the situation and remove the bees. Unfortunately, the beekeeper was reportedly stung several times. Despite the delay, passengers were understanding of the situation, especially after being given free food and drinks as a gift for having been made to wait.

Do you think that a plane should take off even if part of the aircraft is covered in bees?

Woman Is Choosing To Cover Herself In Thousands Of Live Bees For Her Maternity Photos?

Having a baby is normally not a decision that women make lightly. While many important and meaningful events will occur within any woman’s life, many women claim that having a baby is the most significant and joyous event of all. This is certainly understandable, as bringing another human being into this world is not a trivial matter. In order to celebrate an expectant baby, western cultures often hold baby showers, and it is not uncommon for pregnant women to have professional maternity photos taken in order to memorialize their child’s prenatal life. All maternity photos feature the expecting mother’s baby bump along with other details that reveal certain aspects of the mother’s character. These personal aspects are often expressed in the expecting mother’s choice of attire. For example, some mothers may choose to dress in clothes that will seem aesthetically pleasing to their newborns, while other mothers may dress as Wonder Woman in order to express their enthusiasm for cosplay. One particular pregnant woman has recently taken part in a Cleopatra-themed maternity photo shoot. In addition to dressing like the ancient Egyption ruler, this woman posed with thousands of bees that covered various parts of her body.Waco Bee Removal

Emily Mueller is a 34 year old expecting mother who chose to pose with 16,000 bees for her maternity photos. This sounds dangerous, but most people will be relieved to learn that Mueller is a practicing beekeeper. However, after Mueller’s first shoot, she sustained a sting on her eye from one of the 16,000 bees. Therefore, Mueller chose to lower the number of bees to 12,000 for her second shoot…you know, just to be safe. Mueller chose a bee-themed photo shoot in order to celebrate the success of her beekeeping company. Last year, Mueller and her husband, Ryan, founded Mueller Honey Bee Rescue. Mueller also chose to pose with bees due to the positive public response that her last bee-themed maternity photos generated. Last September, Mueller posed for a photo that featured 20,000 live bees on her bare belly while she was several months pregnant with her previous child. For the latest maternity photos, Mueller’s body is spray painted gold to resemble Cleopatra, but instead of wearing a wig, she used live bees to stand in for her hair. In order to coax the bees into landing on her head, Mueller first positioned a queen bee on her scalp and then proceeded to wait until the rest of the colony surrounded the queen. Mueller used this same tactic in order to collect bees on other parts of her body.

Do you think that even a professional beekeeper is being reckless by posing with live bees while pregnant?

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Researchers Have Discovered The Bodily Chemical That Makes Killer Bees Aggressive

Everyone has heard of killer bees, or as they are also known, Africanized honey bees. While bees do possess stingers that can deal out painful stings as a result of their toxic venom, very few bee species demonstrate aggressive behavior toward humans. Typically it takes effort to provoke a bee into stinging a person. Killer bees happen to be one exception to this general rule, as they will not hesitate to swarm individuals before dealing out stings. Every year fatalities in the United States result from killer bee attacks. Despite their well known tendency toward aggressive behavior, scientists have traditionally been in the dark concerning the reasons for this aggression. However, Brazilian researchers have just discovered a bodily chemical that is responsible for putting the “killer” into killer bees.Waco Bee Removal

In addition to discovering the bodily chemical responsible for the aggression demonstrated by killer bees, researchers learned that this chemical can also cause aggressive behaviors in normal honey bees after they are administered the chemical. According to a study published in Journal of Proteome Research the chemical that makes killer bees aggressive is produced in the bodies of many different animal species, such as flies and mice. However, when it comes to flies, mice and many other animals, the aggressive chemical seems to regulate food intake and hunger more so than aggression levels.

The researchers discovered that the chemical in question is a type of neurohormone that is produced in the brain. In many animals, neurohormones are responsible for regulating social behavior. Neurohormones are kicked into action by neuropeptide precursors. Young bee workers that belong to the killer bee species do not demonstrate aggressive behavior until they mature. This is due to the fact that the neuropeptides within the bodies of young killer bee workers have yet to develop to the point where they can facilitate specific neurological functions, in this case aggression. Once a killer bee reaches 15 to 20 days of age, it will develop into an aggressive creature.

Do you think that this “aggression chemical” is found in human brains as well as bee brains?

Bees Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Landmines

Bees Are Being Trained To Sniff Out LandminesWaco Bee Removal

Just about any animal, no matter how primitive, can be trained to do certain things. You may assume that insects are too simple to be effectively trained, but you would be wrong. Surprisingly, it is not too difficult to train an insect by resorting to classical conditioning. Back in 1988, two entomologists, Joe Lewis and Jim Tumlinson, joined a study that proved insects can learn through association. At the time, this study was a big deal, as most scientists were unsure as to whether or not insects could learn from humans. This study was only the beginning of a long effort to militarize certain insect species.

Since the 1988 study, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been interested in mastering insect training. The Insect Sensor Project, like DARPA, also became interested in how trained insects can be of benefit to the US military. These two government entities, as well as many others, have come a long way in the field of insect training. In fact, experts have recently trained bees to sniff out landmines in Croatia. This is pretty advanced behavior for a bee, but any insect can, theoretically, learn through conditioning.

Not long ago, researchers successfully trained wasps to associate certain odors with certain prey animals. Amazingly, it took researchers less than five minutes to train the wasps. Bees also have powerful olfactory senses that can be manipulated for the benefit of humanity.

When it comes to using animals to sniff out particular odors, most people think of dogs, but a bee’s olfactory sense is thousands of times more powerful than a humans. This puts bees on the same level as dogs when it comes sniffing out particular odors. Recently, researchers taught bees to associate the smell of their favorite foods with explosive landmines. This may seem like a strange thing to do, but the bees have been great at tracking down old landmines throughout eastern Europe.

Do you think that bees can be more effective than dogs when it comes to tracking down certain odors?