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Swarm of bees attacks men working in Phoenix-area backyard

Jul 19, 2018, 10:18 AM | Updated: 4:08 pm
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PHOENIX — Authorities responded to a report of bees attacking two men in a suburban Phoenix backyard Thursday morning.

One man was still under attack from the swarm when responders arrived at the residence near Scottsdale and Cactus roads, according to Andy Mcdonald of the Scottsdale Fire Department.

Paramedics got the man to safety.

The patients were evaluated at the scene and refused medical transport.

The men were working in the yard when the attack occurred.

They went back to work after the incident, Mcdonald said.

People should assume any bees they encounter are “Africanized.” University of Arizona research said these are more unpredictable than domestic honeybees – and are much more aggressive too, especially when defending hives.

If you are stung by a bee and are concerned, call 911 or the Poison and Drug Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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Swarm of bees attacks men working in Phoenix-area backyard