Just a few days after the Inquisitr reported about a fatal bee attack from Arizona, we now have news coming in from south Texas about another bee attack. The new bee attack has claimed the life of one person, ABC News reports.
According to CBS News, the bee attack was reported on Sunday in the town of San Benito, Texas. The man killed in the attack has been identified as 54-year-old Rogerio Zuniga, a local farmer.
According to San Benito Fire Chief Raul Zuniga, who also happens to be the cousin of the victim, the bee attack happened when Zuniga was on board a tractor plowing a field outside his home. He revealed that Rogerio’s tractor hit a pipe near a ditch that contained a colony of bees. Soon after he hit the pipe, hundreds of bees came through the pipe and stung Rogerio, who did not have enough time to react. There was no one in the area at the time of the attack. It was only later that family members found Zuniga lying next to the tractor. He reportedly had several bee stings to his head.
He was quickly transported to a hospital, but doctors were unable to save his life.
Meanwhile officials from the San Benito Fire Department, Cameron County Health Department, and a local pest control company are working together to exterminate the bees from the pipe and the ditch in which the bees were found as they still posed a threat to the people staying near it.
An investigation has already been initiated by the Cameron County Health Department, which will investigate the causes behind the fatal bee attack. This has been confirmed by Cameron County Director of Environmental Health Gus Olivares.
The Health Department has also asked Cameron County residents with concerns about bees to call the Health Department at (956) 247-3599 during business hours. On weekends and after hours, residents are encouraged to call their local fire department.
According to the University of Illinois, on average, a total of 40 fatal bee attacks are reported in the U.S. every year. Most of these attacks are blamed on a variant of bees that is said to be a cross between the African and European bees.
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