Woman Stung by Bees So Badly Firefighters Ignored Protocol

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The woman - "approximately 50 years old", and identified only by her first name, Maria - was in the Orange County home with three other cleaners, and had stepped out to her vehicle to grab a mop.

Sara said she did notice a few bees in the area but didn't think anything of it, according to the report.

But that insight wouldn't come until later. So said a captain with the Orange County Fire Authority of a woman who was stung more than 200 times on Monday. Cpt.

The bees "were nearly in clusters", one of the firefighters, Ryan Wilson, told KNBC.

Another firefighter, Ryan Wilson, told KNBC the bees were in clusters "maybe the size of a golf ball all over her".

Two of the firefighters were taken to the hospital, and two declined to be transported. "There was nothing I could do", Emmits said.

As such, the venom rushes quickly into the tissue, and the venomous substance melittin attacks red blood cells, making them burst. "Her face was completely covered with bees", he said. While she is now in a critical condition, Maria has made better life choices than Macaulay Culkin and thankfully is set to make a full recovery, according to an update from her son on Monday night.

According to witnesses Maria was in the house with the other three cleaning ladies when she made a decision to come outside to get a mop. Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

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"Anybody, allergy or not, is going to be in serious condition after that".

Two of the firefighters were also stung. He says there could have been up to 80,000 bees inside. They crossbred with domestic honeybees, and have been making their way north ever since.

According to bee experts, if you are ever under attack by a swarm of bees their expert advice is to run away as fast as you can. Their sting is no more potent than that of other honey bees.

Africanized bees appear similar to other honey bees and they also pollinate plants.

However, their nesting habits and, most importantly, their temperament, have earned them a bad reputation.

"They are very aggressive and they will sting in great numbers", Nancy Troyano, an entomologist with Western Exterminator, told the newspaper. That's after an incident occurred about 60 years ago in Brazil where a beekeeper accidentally released 26 Tanzanian queen bees and their swarms into the wild.

After the attack in Southern California, first responders closed several blocks nearby, hoping to prevent anyone else from becoming an unwitting victim. Experts warn that anyone who sees bees congregating for a period of time in a particular area should call a bee company to get it checked out.

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