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  Bee danger high, thanks to winter rain, experts say
11/07/2001 -
Associated Press - http://www.tucsoncitizen.com

MESA - Arizona residents face a greater risk of being swarmed by angry Africanized bees this summer because winter rains provided prime bee-breeding conditions, experts say.

That danger was highlighted by two recent bee attacks in the metropolitan Phoenix area

Charles Handy, 52, was hospitalized at Paradise Valley Hospital's Intensive Care Unit after being stung more than 150 times Sunday while working in his yard, near 35th Street north of Bell Road in Phoenix

Some of the 50,000 bees from a hive 6 feet high got into Handy's mouth, nose and throat. The bees showed an aggressiveness characteristic of Africanized bees, Thomas Martin, president of AAA Africanized Bee Removal Specialists, told the East Valley Tribune.

Last week, Roger Olander, 53, sustained about 300 stings when bees from a 4-by-4-foot hive on his Apache Junction property swarmed him

Experts said the bees likely were Africanized bees, because of their behavior.

Olander said he was in extreme pain after being stung on his head, neck, back, arms, midsection and legs in a matter of seconds, and he was still feeling flulike effects two days after the attack

Olander said he was unaware a hive had been forming inside a large tire mounted on a nearby abandoned recreational vehicle. He and his wife, Rosemarie, were removing weeds with an electric trimmer when he was suddenly attacked.

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