Man Dies After Getting Stung Hundreds Of Times By Bees

| by Sean Kelly

A Nevada man who was stung hundreds of times by bees died of his injuries.

Las Vegas resident Jose Moreno Pacheco, 49, was pronounced dead on Aug. 18 after being stung many times. He was working as an unlicensed exterminator to remove bees from a home and was not wearing protective gear at the time, reports KVVU.

Clark County spokeswoman Stacey Welling said Pacheco was removed from the area by firefighters and then rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Pacheco was the only member of the group of exterminators who was not wearing protective clothing, and there were no other injuries, KVVU reported.

The news station outlined several safety tips for bee sting prevention:

  • If you encounter bees, do not disturb them. Remain calm and quietly move away.
  • If bees attack, run away in a straight line and take shelter inside a building or vehicle.
  • If you come under attack, use your arms, hands or shirt to shield your face and eyes from stings as bees will target the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do not flail your arms, scream or try to fight the bees. This will make them more agitated.

In a similar incident, a Louisiana man died after being attacked by bees while hiking with friends in Arizona. The man had reportedly been stung more than 1,000 times, reports AZ Central. 

Alex Bestler and his friend, Sonya, were hiking a trail when they encountered a giant swarm of bees. Sonya was able to flee to a nearby restroom but the 23-year-old was attacked before he could take shelter. 

Another hiker and employees at Usery Mountain Park in Mesa, where pair were hiking, found Bestler covered in bees on the ground. They attempted to approach him but had to stay back due to the aggressiveness of the bees. 

Two firefighters, a sheriff's office sergeant and park employees were eventually able to move Bestler onto a vehicle, even though he was covered in bees. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“These attacks are becoming more frequent and I urge the public to be aware of their surroundings when out in these areas,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. 

Sources: KVVU (2), AZ Central / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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