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Farmer dies from Asian hornet sting

MidiLibre/Scoop, Aug 23

A 58-year-old man was stung while driving. He suffered an anaphylactic shock and lost control of his car.

The farmer, who was from Warlaing near Douai, died on August 12 from an Asian hornet sting.

Anaphylactic shock

According to reports in La Voix du Nord, the man was stung while driving and returning home after his day's work. As a result of anaphylactic shock, he lost consciousness while driving and hit a roadside pole.

Allergy to insect bites

Paramedics who arrived on the scene to treat the farmer, first thought he had suffered a heart attack. But doctors at the Valenciennes Hospital Centre noticed the hornet's stinger in the man's thigh. The insect was subsequently found in his car.

[We can find no evidence to prove that an Asian Hornet's sting is any more likely to give rise to anaphylactic shock than a European Hornet or a wasp.  But size must matter, right? Any experts out there? Ed]

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