A Swarm Of Deadly Hornets Killed 42 People In One City
In case you have not heard, a highly aggressive wasp species from Asia is attacking people all over the world. The Asian giant hornet was spotted in Europe a couple of years ago. This hornet has already killed several people in France, and in 2016, officials in Great Britain found Asian hornet nests in three cities. Nobody is certain as to how the Asian hornet reached Europe, but most experts believe that a pottery shipment that arrived in France from China in 2004 contained the dangerous flying insects. It did not take long before the Asian hornet began to take human lives in Great Britain. The hornets are not just killing humans, but they are even destroying the native bee population within Europe, as these hornets prey on bees. Although this hornet has taken several lives in Europe, the most devastating giant Asian hornet attacks occured in China in the summer and fall of 2013. In just a three month period, giant Asian hornets took forty two lives in China.
The giant Asian hornet carries a type of venom that kills red blood cells, which can lead to kidney failure and death. However, many people have died from anaphylactic shock after sustaining multiple stings. These victims were allergic to the venom. Between the months of July and October, Asian hornets killed forty two people in the Shaanxi province. In addition to the deaths, Asian hornet attacks also injured well over fifteen hundred people in the same area during the same timeframe. Among those attacked, more than two hundred have been hospitalized due to the seriousness of their injuries.
The giant Asian hornet is the largest hornet species in the world and they are native to China, Korea, Japan, India and Nepal. Unfortunately, these deadly hornets are attracted to human sweat, and they often chase potential victims as soon as they begin to run in fear.
Were you aware of the massive deaths that have resulted from this dangerous hornet’s stings?