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Killer bee attack sends four to the hospital

March 25, 2009 |  8:12 pm

A killer bee attack sent four people to the hospital in La Mesa, a suburb east of San Diego, officials said Wednesday.

A 79-year-old woman was stung 30 to 50 times by the insects, also called Africanized bees. Her 82-year-old husband was stung 20 times.

A 36-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son also were stung. All four victims were taken by the La Mesa Fire Department to Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Two other people also were stung.

A Fire Department spokesman said the bees from one hive had migrated to a new location, led by a queen bee. En route to the new location, the bees swarmed their victims.

A fire extinguisher and soapy water were used to "neutralize" the hives in preparation for removal of the hives, their honey and the bees by a professional beekeeper.

--Tony Perry