Man Is Stung 600 Times By Bees In California

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 26, 2021

An elderly man was attacked and stung about 600 times by bees on Wednesday afternoon in Redondo Beach, California where he is recovering from the attack at home after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital.

Louis Todero, 95, is stung so many times that his face was unrecognizable and authorities could not confirm if they were Africanized bees, but thought it was likely. Police say he was walking when the insects became agitated by a fumigator that was trying to exterminate the hive in an apartment roof nearby. They then swarmed and attacked the elderly man.

“He literally got stung by thousands of bees,” Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department told the Los Angeles Times. “Most men would have died, but he’s taking it in stride.”

Firefighters responding to the seen were also attacked by the swarm but were unharmed due to the protective fire gear they wear. The Los Angeles Vector Control set up warning signs and cordoned off the area. The hive was removed later that night by a separate exterminator with experience in dealing with bee hives.

For patients who experience severe or life-threatening reactions to insect stings, researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed a series of allergy injections composed of increasing concentrations of naturally-occurring venom, which provide excellent and usually life-long protections against future insect stings.

One man getting stung more than 600 times is a rare event. Bee stings differ from insect bites, and the venom or toxin is quite different. Therefore, the body’s reaction may differ significantly from one species to another.

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