TIVOLI, Texas, Sept. 16 (UPI) — An 81-year-old Texas man died after being stung multiple times by a swarm of bees while he was mowing his lawn, authorities say.
Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez said Tivoli resident Amador Villarreal was pronounced dead Tuesday after the bee attack left the senior citizen with stings to his head and upper body, the Victoria (Texas) Advocate reported Wednesday.
Refugio County Sheriff Robert Bolcik said the Africanized bees, which are more aggressive than domestic bees, appeared to have lived in a hive inside the eave of a nearby abandoned home.
The sheriff said his county had four recorded Africanized bee swarms in the past year and a half, but none had attacked a human.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said allergic reactions to insect stings result in the deaths of nearly 100 people each year in the United States.
The Advocate said the Merck Manuals online medical library estimates the average human could tolerate more than 1,000 insect stings.
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