Hornets nest removed after 4 hikers stung in New Taipei City mountain district

Specialist hornet catchers removed a nest of Asian Giant Hornets, after five hikers were stung in New Taipei City’s Ruifang District today.

Keelung City Fire Department received a report at 10:46 am that three men and one woman were stung by hornets near the Tianwaitian Garden Cemetery. A 70-year-old man, a 64-year-old man, and a 60-year-old woman were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. A 69-year-old man sought medical treatment on his own.

The female hiker, named Liu was the most seriously injured and went into shock while being treated at the hospital. Ms Liu was given anti-allergens and vasopressors, and her vital signs stabilized after being sent to the intensive care unit.

injuries on a hiker's arm after hornet stings
A hiker stung by Asian giant hornets shows her injuries. Picture: Keelung City Fire Department.

The New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office said that the area where the hikers were stung was a natural jungle area, not an established trail. However, hikers had marked a path through the area, and there was a previous hornet attack case in the same place in July. The animal protection office sent specialists to locate and remove the hornet’s nest immediately upon receiving reports of today’s attack.

an expert removes a hornets nest (vespa mandarinia)
An expert hornet remover carries a hornets nest out of the jungle in Ruifang District, New Taipei City, September 25, 2023. Picture: New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office.

At around 3:30 pm, the nest was located underground. Personnel donned specialist protective clothing and dug the nest out of the ground and removed it.

Two hikers died and nine were injured five days ago in the same district of New Taipei City.

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