Global Warming Might Be Responsible For Killer Hornets In China

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Giant hornet stings have resulted in deaths and many injuries in China and some experts feel global warming is one of the reasons why the hornets are in the area where the attacks are taking place.

The attacks have happened in China’s central Shaanxi province in the last three months, with the hornet attacks centered in the city of Ankang, according to The Inquisitr.

More than 580 people have been injured by the hornets since July 1, city officials noted, with 70 of them still in the hospital. At least 19 people have killed by hornets so far as well.

The hornets venom is reportedly so strong that it has the ability to dissolve human tissue, wildlife officials note. The hornets are also relentless when they attack.

"I ran and shouted for help, but the hornets chased me about 200 meters, and stung me for more than 3 minutes," Chen Changlin told the state-run China Youth Daily, according to CNN, which reports that the hornets in the area may include the Vespa mandarinia, the world's largest hornet species.

"The more you run, the more they want to chase you," said another victim, whose kidneys were ravaged by the venom. When he was admitted to the hospital, his urine was the color of soy sauce, according to local reports.

CNN notes that experts say a number of reasons may have contributed to the apparent increase in hornet activity, including the region's recent hot, dry weather, land development and hornet sensitivity to the smell of people.

Officials are advising citizens to stay away from the areas where the hornets live and to get necessary medical attention if stung.

“Patients with more than 10 hornet stings should seek medical attention. Those with more than 30 stings need immediate emergency treatment,” a director of Ankang Disease Control Centre said in a story on the South China Morning Post's website.

Sources: The Inquisitr, CNN, South China Morning Post