Experts say that it is rare for people to die from wasp stings. The odds of dying from a wasp attack are around one in three to four million. Apparently, you are more likely to be struck by lighting than you are to die from a wasp attack. As rare as wasp attacks are reported to be, there sure seems to be an awful lot of fatal, or near fatal attacks during the summer season. It seems like a week cannot pass without someone in the world succumbing to a flying insect attack during the summer months. The latest wasp attack occurred a few days ago in Texas while the victim was mowing his lawn. Although the man barely survived his injuries, he sustained a total of fifty seven stings, and he is now hospitalized.
Bryan Ratcliff of Bastrop County, Texas was busy mowing his three acre lawn when he suddenly found himself face-to-face with an angry swarm of wasps. The wasps appeared after Ratcliffe brushed by a bush, which is where the dangerous insects were likely located. This disturbance caused the wasps to sting Ratcliff’s face and body numerous times. Unfortunately, unlike bees, wasps can use their stingers multiple times, which Ratcliff certainly knows. In a panic, Ratcliff removed his shirt in order to swat the wasps away. His wife quickly came to his rescue by spraying Ratcliff down with a garden hose. Sadly, Ratcliff was already in bad shape by this point, as his wife found him unconscious, not breathing and foaming at the mouth. Once the paramedics arrived at the scene, they found that Ratcliff had gone into anaphylactic shock, which prompted them to administer a shot of epinephrine. After Ratcliff regained consciousness in the hospital, doctors told him that he had sustained a total of fifty seven stings, thirty two of which were to his face. There is still uncertainty regarding the species of insect that attacked Ratcliff, but one expert entomologist claimed that yellowjackets were the most likely culprits.
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