Aggressive hornet swarm attacks festival visitors - several injured

Aggressive hornet swarm attacks festival visitors - several injured

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Over a dozen people injured in hornet attack

On Sunday, 18 people were attacked and injured by a hornet of hornets at a community festival in Weingarten, Baden-Württemberg. 13 of the attacked people had to be taken to nearby hospitals for medical care.

Insect bites can be dangerous

In the summer months it can easily happen that a wasp stings you. Such stings are not only painful, but in the worst case can even lead to death in people with insect bite allergies. In North Rhine-Westphalia, a 50-year-old man was killed by wasp stings a few weeks ago. In Baden-Württemberg a group of festival visitors has been attacked by hornets. Fortunately, nobody was injured life-threatening.

No life-threatening injuries

According to a message from the Karlsruhe police, which was published on the "Press Portal", a total of 18 visitors to the community festival "Wine Hiking Day 2018" in Weingarten were injured by a swarm of hornets on Sunday afternoon.

According to the information, the hornets attacked the visitors without any apparent reason.

"Of the 18 injured people, 13 had to be taken to nearby hospitals for medical care," the statement said.

According to the police, the injured are adults, children were not affected.

"No one was life-threatening injured by the stings," the police wrote.

The alarmed emergency service was deployed with two emergency doctors, ten vehicles and several local emergency aids from the surrounding areas.

The relevant area of ​​the community festival had been cordoned off. An insect specialist was also called in.

Extremely painful stings

Hornets are actually considered to be less aggressive than wasps, for example. Therefore, stitches are less common.

But according to Prof. Dr. Such stings are extremely painful for Thilo Jakob, director of the Clinic for Dermatology and Allergology in Gießen.

In an article on how insect bites and stings can be better assigned, the expert explained that hornets can sting multiple times because their sting does not remain in the skin.

The puncture threshold burns, swells and turns red.

Existing wasp venom sensitization / allergies can lead to severe allergic reactions. (ad)

Author and source information

Video: Bees Kill A Giant Hornet With Heat. Buddha Bees and The Giant Hornet Queen. BBC Earth (August 2022).