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Exterminator removing bees is stung hundreds of times, suffering life-threatening injuries

Two or three exterminators were working to remove the bees from a home near Grand Cayon Drive and West Oquendo Road, Thursday morning when a worker not wearing protective clothing was stung hundreds of times. 8/04/16 (KSNV)

A man is suffering life-threatening injuries after a bee attack.

The Clark County Fire Department responded to the bee sting attack in the southwest valley at the corner of Colored Wind Avenue and Wispy Winds Street.

Two or three exterminators were working to remove the bees from a home near Grand Cayon Drive and West Oquendo Road, Thursday morning when a worker not wearing protective clothing was stung hundreds of times.

Neighbors described a chaotic scene. “It was horrifying to see that many bees swarming somebody," said one neighbor who did not want to be named said. "He was stumbling down the street towards the house where the hive was and screaming and stumbling he fell in our yard then fell across the street where he ended up staying."

Two out of four firefighters put on their personal protective equipment and pulled the man out of the affected area to deliver medical care.

The man was transported to Southern Hills Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Other exterminator workers were wearing protective clothing at the time of the incident.

No other injuries were reported.

The Clark County Fire Department wants to remind the public to please keep the following safety tips in mind if bees attack:

• If you accidentally encounter bees, do not disturb them. Remain calm and quietly move away until bees are out of sight.

• If bees attack, run away in a straight line and take shelter inside a car or building as soon as possible.

• If under attack, use your arms and hands or shirt to shield your face and eyes from stings. (Bees will attack the eyes, nose and mouth.) Do not try to fight the bees. They have the advantage of numbers and gift of flight. Do not scream. Do not swat at bees or wave your arms. The more you flail your arms, the more agitated the bees will get.

For more safety information, click here.

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