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Aman has died after he and his friend were attacked by a swarm of murder hornets while fruit picking in Portugal. The 70-year-old victim, identified by The Mirror by his first name Celso, was picking persimmons with his friend, 60-year-old Abilio Rodrigues, when he was stung by a swarm of the insects.
The 70-year-old sadly died after medical professionals were unable to reverse his severe state of anaphylactic shock after the insect attack.
The man, identified only by his first name Celso, was stung while picking persimmons on a farm in Gondomar near the northern Portuguese city of Porto.
Pal Abilio Rodrigues, 60, who was also hurt in the incident on Thursday morning, told respected Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias: “I’ve never seen anything like it.
“I went to cut the fruit from the tree and they attacked me.
“They stung in the arm and on the head while I was on a ladder about 20 feet from the ground but I endured the pain so as not to fall.
“Celso was also hurt and we went to try to get help. I put vinegar on my wounds to see if it eased the pain but by then Celso was having difficulty speaking. ”
Firefighters were the first emergency responders on the scene but the dead man had gone into cardiac arrest by the time they arrived following an allergic reaction to the insects’ venom.
Fire chief Joao Nunes said they had tried to revive the sting victim for around an hour but were unable to reverse the anaphylactic shock he suffered.
The nest the Asian hornets were in has now been destroyed.
Mr Rodrigues told local press he was still in shock over what happened, adding: “I could have been killed as well. I’m still suffering with the trauma this has caused me. ”
Last month a 69-year-old Spaniard named as Antonio Rodriguez Loureiro died after being attacked by Asian hornets.
He was clearing a hillside with a tractor in A Laracha in the Galician province of La Coruna in north-west Spain.
His family raised the alarm when he failed to return home.
Murder hornets, otherwise known as Asian giant hornets or Vespa mandarinia, have been making headlines this year after researchers found the first instance of these insects in the U.S. In May 2020, The New York Times reported that the insects are responsible for as many as 50 deaths a year in Japan.
Washington State University said that murder hornets’ stings are extremely painful with a strong neurotoxin and “Multiple stings can kill humans, even if they are not allergic.” WSU researchers and other scientists are working hard to find the murder hornets in the U.S. and eradicate the invasive species, as they can be devastating to the honey bee population.
The murder hornets have been spotted in the Pacific Northwest, having been first discovered in late 2019 in British Columbia and Washington State, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The danger with the murder hornets, beyond their risk to human health, is the capacity for destruction of honey bees, which are already compromised.
The WSDA stated that: “A few hornets can destroy a hive in a matter of hours. The hornets enter a ‘slaughter phase’ where they kill bees by decapitating them. They then defend the hive as their own, taking the brood to feed their own young. ”
The concern researchers have is that the hornets could spread across the U.S. if they aren’t successfully eradicated in the next two years, WSDA entomologist Chris Looney told the National Geographic. He said researchers are attempting different methods to locate and eradicate nests, including setting traps, using heat-sensitive technologies to find underground hives and asking the public for information on potential nests.