Posted: 4 October, 2013
Hornets have killed over 40 people in China
Swarms of deadly hornets are attacking in northern China and have injured 1,600. There are currently at least 37 patients in a critical condition in hospitals.
A victim told the local media, “The more you run, the more they want to chase you.” Some victims described being chased about 200 meters by the insects.
A specialist told CNN it’s very difficult to prevent the attacks, as the nests are usually hidden sites.
The hornets leave deep, bullet size craters in the skin.
There are growing fears the giant Asian hornets are headed for Britain. The species is four times the size of the British honeybee.
The deadly insects invaded France in 2004, in a delivery of Chinese potter and have since decimated the local bee population. A few hornets are capable of destroying 30,000 bees in a couple of hours.
The Asian giant hornet can be 5cm long with a 6mm sting that injects potent venom into the victim.
The venom of the Asian giant hornet is reportedly a very special neurotoxin, even in comparison to other hornets; it is especially dangerous to mammals.
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