Stealing honey leaves 3 hospitalized, dozens of stings

Pasco County, Florida -- Three people had to be taken to the hospital after they were stung by a swarm of bees in New Port Richey.

A call was made to fire rescue at 11:26 a.m. on Sunday in regards to three men and a woman receiving bee stings at 7805 Calabash in New Port Richey.

"They were covered in bees, their beards, their hair, their clothes... bees were everywhere," said neighbor Tom Johnson.

Johnson said firefighters used the fire hose to douse the four and try and get the bees off of them. No firefighters were injured or stung.

Officials say the bees were domesticated honey bees.

The three men were transported to an area hospital with as many as 50 bee stings each. The fourth person, an adult woman, received about a dozen stings as she came out of her home. She was not seriously injured.

According to Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the men were attempting to get honey from the hive and that is what prompted the attack.

The hive contains between 20,000 and 30,000 bees.

Pasco Fire Rescue cleared the scene at 1:47 p.m. On Monday, workers came out and began to dismantle the hive.

If you are stung by a honey bee you should call 911 if you have trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting. First remove the stinger, then control the swelling. You can use ice to help reduce it. Also remove any tight fitting jewelry around the stung area.

For the pain use an acetaminophen or Ibprofen. To stop the itchiness, use an antihistamine or mix baking soda and water.

Click here for more information on what to do when you're stung by a bee or a wasp.


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