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Giant swarm of bees leaves 40 people in hospital in Uraguay

Attack of the Bees! Giant swarm leaves 40 people in hospital as terrified motorists abandon their cars on the streets to escape insects in Uruguay

  • About 40 people had to be hospitalized after the attack on a Uruguayan street
  • Eight children were also rushed to hospital for A&E treatment after the swarm
  • Terrified residents abandoned their cars after bees entered their moving vehicles

Nearly 40 people had to be hospitalized in a Uruguayan town after being attacked by bees.

Terrified residents abandoned their cars in the middle of the street and attempted to flee on foot after the insects entered their moving vehicles through open windows.

The shock incident happened on Thursday afternoon in the center of Melo, Uruguay’s ninth most populous city with just over 50,000 people about 35 miles from the country’s border with Brazil.

Police confirmed overnight that 37 people, including eight children, had been rushed to A&E for treatment.

Terrified residents abandoned their cars in the middle of the street and tried to flee on foot after the bees entered their vehicles through the open windows

Beekeepers in protective gear were called in to remove the hives using poison and secure the area in an operation that lasted almost an hour

Beekeepers in protective gear came to remove the hive on a street in Melo, Uruguay

Beekeepers used a smoke-based poison to secure the area after the bees attacked

Officers drove many of those bitten to hospital in their patrol cars as their colleagues closed downtown streets to ensure no one else entered the danger zone.

One of those affected told local press: ‘My son ran like crazy but he still got bitten about 15 times.

“A lot of people were in a state of despair. They abandoned motorbikes and cars. I had rolled down my car windows when a swarm of bees appeared out of nowhere and entered.

The scare was blamed on two hives of bees that were allegedly kept without permission in a house near where motorists and pedestrians were stung.

Beekeepers in protective gear were called in to remove the hives using poison and secure the area in an operation that lasted almost an hour.

One of the experts who helped remove them said: ‘People were kept away for about an hour.

People were kept off the streets for around an hour as beekeepers dealt with the issue

Two of the children who were bitten were reportedly hospitalized overnight

The scare was blamed on two hives of bees which were allegedly kept without permission in a house near where motorists and pedestrians were stung

It was not immediately clear why the bees attacked, but experts said they could have been stressed by noises like a car horn honking.

Local journalist Silvia Techera said: ‘I saw people running everywhere and heard a lot of sirens.

“Traders were closing their doors.

“I never imagined for a minute that it would depend on the bees. They seemed very angry.

“Cars, motorcycles and crash helmets had been left in the middle of the street.

“At some point the bugs started attacking me as well and I sought refuge in my radio station.”

It was not immediately clear why the bees attacked, but experts said they could have been stressed by noises like a car horn honking.

Two of the stung children were reportedly hospitalized overnight.

A severe allergic reaction to bee stings is potentially fatal. A small percentage of people stung by a bee quickly develop anaphylaxis with symptoms such as swelling of the throat and tongue.

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