Palm Desert, CA, United States (4E) – A 71-year-old woman is recovering from 1,000 honeybee stings she suffered while visiting Palm Desert on Thursday.
Five members of the Riverside County Fire Department were also treated for bee stings at the Eisenhower Medical Center, where the unnamed woman victim was in stable condition as of Sunday after the swarm attack.
The firefighters were released and returned to duty on Friday, according to the department’s Battalion Chief Mark Williams.
An estimated 80,000 Africanized honeybees attacked the woman and firefighters when they were disturbed from their hive inside a Verizon telephone vault box after it was opened by a worker of the broadband and telecommunications company.
Fifteen firefighters responded to the swarm attack in the 40 block of Lucerne Drive, in the gated community of Montecito. They were running away from bees when the beekeeper, who was called to scene, arrived.
Lance Davis of Killer Bee Inc.
Paramedics found the woman in critical condition after the 4:40 p.m. incident and brought her to the hospital. The victim was visiting the area together with her husband when she was attacked.