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article imageHorror wasp attack kills 89-year-old in Spain's Asturias region

By Anne Sewell     Jul 14, 2014 in World
Arriondas - The family dog dug up a nest of wasps in Spain's Asturias region on Saturday and an 89-year-old man, who was strolling with his family at the time, died in a horror attack by the swarm.
It seems Arsenio Díaz Escandón, his wife, his niece and her son were 50 meters (164 feet) from their home in Bodes, enjoying a walk, with the family dog accompanying them. The dog started digging away at a huge wasps' nest, releasing an angry swarm of hundreds of wasps, which immediately attacked the party.
The whole group received repeated stings, but it was the elderly man, already in poor health, who suffered the most from the attack. While emergency services immediately came to take the man to hospital in Arriondas, he regrettably died shortly after arrival. The rest of the family were treated and released from hospital.
"He had various problems which were aggravated by the wasp stings and he wasn't able to recover," the man's son explained.
According to health officials, the elderly man had been stung over 300 times.
His wife told the local newspaper, La Nueva España, "I will never forget the sight of Arsenio's face covered with wasps."
This is apparently the second wasp-related attack and fatality in the region within a week, as a man died after being stung on a local beach by a swarm of wasps. It seems insects are getting angrier generally, as reportedly two horses were killed in a separate incident in the area by a swarm of bees.
Spanish sources:
La Nueva España
La Informacion
The Local
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