A Dutch tourist was killed in Tanzania when his travel companion was attacked by a swarm of bees, spokesperson Bastiaan Govers from travel agency Sawadee confirms to NU.nl on Friday. Another Dutch person is in a very critical condition in the hospital.
The group of twenty Dutch people walked through the huge game reserve Selous National Park, which covers tens of thousands of kilometers of land. In a remote location, the travel association is said to have been attacked by the Africanized honey bee, an aggressive bee species better known as the killer bee.
A group of doctors would have flown in by helicopter to help the group. As far as we know, all Dutch people caught bee stings, according to Govers.
The wounded were taken to a hospital in the coastal town of Dar es Salaam. In addition to the seriously injured Dutchman, two other Dutch tourists were currently recovering. According to Govers, they will be released from the hospital tomorrow.
A team of Dutch doctors was flown in by SOS International to treat the wounded there. An employee of the travel company traveled to assist the group.
Africanized honey bee is known as 'very aggressive'
The animal is known to stuck quickly in threats and moves in swarms. The Dutch are probably too close to a hive of the swarm, after which the bees defended their area aggressively.
The venom of a single bee is not enough to kill a human. With repeated stitches, however, it becomes dangerous. The group is said to have been attacked by thousands to tens of thousands of 'guards'.
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