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Giant bee swarm leaves 40 people in hospital in Uraguay

Attack of the bees! Giant swarm leaves 40 people hospitalized as terrified motorists abandon their cars on the street to escape bugs in Uruguay

  • About 40 people had to be hospitalized after the attack on a Uruguayan street
  • Eight children were also rushed to hospital for emergency care after the swarm
  • Terrified locals abandoned their cars after bees invaded their moving vehicles

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Nearly 40 people had to be hospitalized in a Uruguayan city after being attacked by bees.

Terrified local residents abandoned their cars in the middle of the street and attempted to flee on foot after the insects entered their moving vehicles through open windows.

The shocking incident took place Thursday afternoon in the center of Melo, Uruguay’s ninth most populous city with a population of just over 50,000, about 55 kilometers from the border with Brazil.

Police confirmed that 37 people, including eight children, were rushed to the emergency room for treatment overnight.

Terrified locals left their cars in the middle of the street and tried to flee on foot after the bees entered their vehicles through open windows

Beekeepers in protective suits were called in to remove the toxin hives and secure the area in an operation that lasted nearly an hour

Beekeepers in protective suits were called in to remove the toxin hives and secure the area in an operation that lasted nearly an hour

Beekeepers in protective suits were called in to remove the toxin hives and secure the area in an operation that lasted nearly an hour

The beekeepers in protective suits came to remove the hive from a street in Melo, Uruguay

The beekeepers in protective suits came to remove the hive from a street in Melo, Uruguay

The beekeepers in protective suits came to remove the hive from a street in Melo, Uruguay

The beekeepers used a smoke-based poison to make the area safe after the bee attack

The beekeepers used a smoke-based poison to make the area safe after the bee attack

The beekeepers used a smoke-based poison to make the area safe after the bee attack

Officers took many of those stabbed in their patrol cars to hospital, while colleagues closed off downtown streets to ensure no one else entered the danger zone.

One of those affected told the local press: ‘My son was running like crazy, but he was still stabbed about 15 times.

“Many people were in a state of despair. They left behind motorbikes and cars. I had my car windows down when a swarm of bees appeared out of nowhere and came in.’

The scare has been attributed to two beehives kept without permission in a house near where motorists and pedestrians were stung.

Beekeepers in protective suits were called in to remove the poisoned hives and secure the area in an operation that lasted nearly an hour.

One of the experts who helped remove them said, “People were kept away for about an hour.”

People were kept off the streets for about an hour while beekeepers dealt with the matter

People were kept off the streets for about an hour while beekeepers dealt with the matter

People were kept off the streets for about an hour while beekeepers dealt with the matter

Two of the stabbed children would have been hospitalized overnight

Two of the stabbed children would have been hospitalized overnight

Two of the stabbed children would have been hospitalized overnight

The scare has been blamed on two beehives kept without permission in a house near where motorists and pedestrians were stung

The scare has been blamed on two beehives kept without permission in a house near where motorists and pedestrians were stung

The scare has been blamed on two beehives kept without permission in a house near where motorists and pedestrians were stung

It wasn't immediately clear why the bees had gone on the attack, but experts said sounds such as the beeping of a car horn could have stressed them out.

It wasn't immediately clear why the bees had gone on the attack, but experts said sounds such as the beeping of a car horn could have stressed them out.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the bees had gone on the attack, but experts said sounds such as the beeping of a car horn could have stressed them out.

Local journalist Silvia Techera said: ‘I saw people running everywhere and heard many sirens.

Shopkeepers closed their doors.

‘I never thought for a minute that it would be because of bees. They appeared to be very angry.

‘Cars, motorcycles and crash helmets were in the middle of the street.

“At some point the bugs started attacking me too and I took refuge in my radio station.”

It wasn’t immediately clear why the bees had gone on the attack, but experts said sounds such as the beeping of a car horn could have stressed them out.

Two of the stabbed children would have been hospitalized overnight.

A severe allergic reaction to bee stings is potentially life-threatening. A small percentage of people who are stung by a bee quickly develop anaphylaxis with symptoms such as swelling of the throat and tongue.

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