Africanized 'Killer' Bees
Confirmed In SoCal Attack
On Four Hikers
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif - A swarm of bees that attacked four hikers last month in northwest < Joshua Tree National Park was identified as Africanized honey bees.
DNA analysis of several bees was conducted, said San Bernardino County insect specialist Wakoli Wekesa. Wekesa said the so-called "killer bees" probably attacked when the hikers disturbed their hive or a resting spot.
"Bees rarely attack while swarming," Wekesa said. "If you are attacked, run to a car or building and take cover. Bees may pursue you for a half mile."
Jason Hayes was stung more than 100 times. As he sprinted for safety, the man also fell and broke his leg, CBS 2 News reported.
One of Hayes' friends also suffered more than 100 stings, and two others were stung over a dozen times.
Wekesa said once stung, remove the bee's stinger by scraping with a fingernail, credit card or knife. Do not squeeze the stinger because pressure releases bee venom. Wash the sting with soap and water and apply an ice pack to relieve pain and swelling. Get medical help if allergic to bee stings, he added.

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