Cochise County Man Killed By Bees

Nurse bees stay inside the hive and care for larvae while forager bees explore the environment collecting nectar. However, researchers discovered that nurse bees had many more viruses than foragers. Now, they aim to figure out why. [Photo by Sandra Leander/ASU]

A Duncan, Arizona man has died after he was attacked by bees on Friday. The attack occurred near Atkins Farm Road where the man and others were working on cleaning up scrap piles.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday August 9, 2019 at approximately 2:35 pm, a deputy spotted a vehicle near San Simon travelling at a high rate of speed and made contact with the driver. The driver said his father was in the back seat and had been stung multiple times by bees and he was allergic to bee stings.

While getting stung himself after opening the door of the vehicle, the deputy attempted CPR on the unresponsive man.

The bees inside of the vehicle made efforts impossible, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and the driver was instructed to roll down the windows and follow the deputy a short distance to a location to meet with the medical personnel from San Simon Fire Department.

Once the location was reached to meet medical personnel, the deputy resumed resuscitation efforts resumed until medical personnel arrived on scene.

The son from Animas, New Mexico and another man in the vehicle were transported to the San Simon Fire Department for continued care and were reportedly airlifted to a Tucson hospital for further treatment.

The deputy also received treatment for multiple bee stings.

The investigation is being continued by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

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