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How A Residential Africanized Honey Bee Attack Led To A High Speed Chase

Every year Africanized honey bees, also known as “killer bees,” attack humans who encounter nests on their property in Arizona. Africanized honey bee attacks are common in the state due to the fact that invasive Africanized bees have been interbreeding with common European honey bees in the state for more than 2 decades. Today, any honey bee encountered in the wild is likely “Africanized.” Some attacks occur while professionals or residents make an attempt to either destroy or remove nests from a property, while other attacks seem to occur out of the blue. An Africanized honey bee attack can be experienced by people who are not located near a nest, as Africanized honey bees have the ability to sense human odors from faraway distances. The lives of at least three people in Arizona have already been claimed by Africanized honey bees this summer, and the most recent death involved a high-speed chase that saw multiple people hospitalized after sustaining numerous stings. One of the victims included a Cochise County Sheriff’s deputy. Bees

Almost three weeks ago a police officer noticed a car speeding down a highway near San Simon. The car eventually pulled over, and the driver frantically explained that his father had just been attacked by bees. The driver also explained to the deputy that his father was allergic to bee stings and that he desperately needed medical attention. When the deputy approached the father in the back seat, he was suddenly attacked by bees that had been transported from the residential area where the envenomation occurred. The officer still attempted to check on the father’s condition, but he was unresponsive. After the bees repeatedly interrupted the deputy’s attempts at performing CPR, the driver was instructed to the nearby San Simon Fire Department for medical assistance. Sadly, medical staff were unable to save the man, and he was pronounced dead. The son, another man, and the deputy were each hospitalized for sustaining several stings, and the attack reportedly occurred while the men had been working on a property on Atkins Farm Road.

Do you believe that the police officer should have had the man transported to the fire department immediately before attempting CPR?