Killer bees send one to hospital in AZ

Man in serious condition following swarm attack in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ | August 10, 2008

One person was hospitalized in serious condition Friday and another treated by fire officials who responded to a report of a bee attack.

According to Norm Carlton, a Tucson Fire Captain, emergency officials treated one man who had been stung several times and found another covered in Africanized bees.

The African honey bees, colloquially known as "killer bees" for their reputation of swarming more frequently and protecting a wide area around their hives, have spread into the southern United States from Mexico and South America where they are often preferred for honey production. While the bees have most often been associated with the warmed parts of the Southwest, the bees have been spotted as far north as Kansas City.

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