Giant hornets kill 42 in China

BEIJING Thu Oct 3, 2013 11:58am EDT

1 of 2. Firefighters destroy dead hornets in Ankang, Shaanxi, September 27, 2013.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Swarms of giant hornets have killed 42 people and injured 1,640 in China's northwestern province of Shaanxi in recent weeks, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

Authorities are destroying nests, putting up warning signs and raising public awareness via television, radio and the Internet, it said. Residents have been told to wear long sleeves when they go out, and not to try to drive away the swarms.

"The National Health and Family Planning Commission has deployed emergency medical treatment and stepped up prevention and propaganda work to help minimize casualties," Xinhua said.

Hornets mate and migrate in September and October when they are at their most aggressive, according to local media. Their stings can cause allergic reactions and multiple organ failure.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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Comments (3)
quatra wrote:
Yeah, we have seen the article, and videos, over and over again for 4 days now. You think we, the readers, are morons? How much longer?

Oct 04, 2013 8:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jack_bauer1 wrote:
Wait, the Chinese government put out biased nonfactual information about hornets?

If this is the propaganda, what is the truth? Is the Chinese government saying that all is safe? I’m so confused.

Oct 06, 2013 6:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:
Are these another ‘victory’ of science like killer bees or are they natural?

Oct 07, 2013 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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