Hornets terrorize China: Asian Giant Hornets Swarms Rural Areas

By on Sep 28, 2013 in Animals, Asia, Health, Science, World Comments
Hornets terrorize China

Hornets terrorize China
Credit: Henry Samuel/Telegraph

The Asian giant Hornets terrorized China residents walking through fields and wooden areas in the Shaanxi province. Chinese officials issued alert to their citizens over a series of hornet attacks in rural areas.

As of posting, the stinging insect has killed over 28 individuals and injured hundreds of people.

These Hornets, called the yak-killer hornet (Vespa mandarinia), can grow as long as 2 inches. The length of the sting can grow up to quarter of an inch (6 millimeters). It can fly up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) in a single day at speeds of 25 mph (40 km/h).

Reports say that Asian giant hornet is the largest hornet in the world. Its sting reportedly injects the venom with the fatal neurotoxin.

Victims of hornet attacks usually suffer from acute renal failure and needs proper hospital care.

A director of the Ankang (Shaanxi) Disease Control Center explained that “Patients with more than 10 hornet stings should seek medical attention. Those with more than 30 stings need immediate emergency treatment.”

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