More than 20 people stung by hornet swarm in Kaohsiung mountain district

Twenty-four people were stung, and 2 required hospitalization after a swarm of hornets attacked a group of 39 tourists in Kaohsiung City’s rural Namaxia District yesterday, October 31. The group of Kaohsiung City residents was visiting the Tangaanua Shrine as part of a tour of the Bunun indigenous people’s traditional culture when a child was stung by a Asian giant hornet at around 10:30 am. The frantic actions of the child attempting to wave the hornet away is believed to

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Tips on how to survive a hornet attack issued by Council of Agriculture

The Council of Agriculture issued advice on how to respond if attacked by hornets, in order to reduce the chance of serious injury from the potentially deadly insects. Taiwan is home to the world’s largest hornet, the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), as well as other less, but still potentially dangerous, species of the Vespa genus. The COA quoted it’s advice from a workplace health and safety booklet “Outdoor Work Hornet Attack Prevention Manual.” The issue was in response to

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Trail closed after 4 hikers stung by hornets, one dies

A popular hiking trail in Ruifang District has been temporarily closed after four people were stung by Asian giant hornets in two separate incidents this weekend. A 73-year-old man named Lin and his 62-year-old wife, named Yang, were attacked by hornets while walking on the Sandiaoling Trail on September 24. Both were rushed to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, but Ms Yang suffered an allergic reaction and organ failure and died yesterday, September 25. Mr Lin remains unconscious in the

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Elderly woman attacked by giant hornets while trapped on narrow ledge 7 floors up

An elderly woman in Yilan City accidentally locked herself out while hanging clothes outside a 7th-floor window, then got stuck on a narrow ledge and was attacked by a swarm of Asian giant hornets, today, September 5. The 80-year-old woman named Wang was trying to climb back into her apartment through a window when she accidentally touched an Asian giant hornet nest and was stung all over her body. Neighbors were alerted by Wang’s cries for help, and called 119

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Police officer stayed calm while giant hornet chewed into his ear

A police officer remained calm, and endured a Asian giant hornet gnawing into the flesh and cartilage of his ear for five minutes in order to avoid being stung, yesterday, December 5. Zhang Wen-long (張文勇), 51, was on duty at the Dajia River Power Plant at around 9:00 am, when the Asian giant hornet landed on the side of his face. Realizing the danger of being stung in the temple by the venomous insect, Zhang remained calm and avoided swiping

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Man stung to death while harvesting hornets

A 60-year-old man died on the way to hospital after being stung by Asian giant hornets while he was attempting to harvest a hive in Hsinchu County, in the evening of October 11. Mr Wang, from Beipu Township went to a remote valley with four other men to harvest hornets from a hive he had located several days before. Mr Wang was only wearing basic protective equipment, according firefighters. Wang was wearing a headlamp, which is believed to have drawn

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Hikers airlifted after being stung by hornets in Nantou County

Two people were airlifted from a mountain trail in Nantou County after three out of a group of four were stung by hornets, and one lost consciousness today. The incident is just one of a spate of hornet attacks around Taiwan in the last few days. The group, consisting of two couples in their 60s, called emergency services for help after being attacked by hornets on a trail near Wanda Creek at around 2:00 pm this afternoon. An attempt to

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Worker Clearing Giant Hornets Falls to his Death

A man fell 40 meters to his death while attempting to remove a hive of Asian giant hornets in Taroko National Park today. The sixty year-old man named Yeh was working in a four-person team outsourced to deal with the hornets, which are also called tiger head hornets. National Parks authorities had deemed the hornets a threat to visitors in the park. The hive was described as being the size of two basketballs and located on a tree next to

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Hiker Stung by Hornets Dies

A 53 year old man died of multiple organ failure in hospital yesterday, after being stung by hornets on a hiking trip last weekend. Mr Luo was part of a group of six hikers who had to be rescued by firefighters after a swarm of Asian giant hornets attacked them on Saturday. Of the six in the group hiking on a trail on Hsinch County’s Shihniou Mountain (新竹縣關西石牛山} Mr Luo was the most seriously hurt. Mr Luo sustained more than

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