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Texas man stung 1,000 times by bees

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(USA TODAY) - A street department worker in Wichita Falls, Texas, was stung 1,000 times by killer bees Thursday.

The bees also attacked two of the man's coworkers who tried to help him.

The worker was mowing a lawn when he was attacked. He was in good condition at a local hospital.

The average adult can tolerate about 10 stings per pound of body weight, so an adult could withstand more than 1,100 stings, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

City officials say the bees were Africanized honey bees, also known as killer bees.

Africanized honey bees attack in great numbers and will chase someone up to a quarter mile, according to the Smithsonian Institution.

If you find yourself amidst a bee swarm, don't swat -- it'll make them angrier -- and run toward indoor shelter, according to The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.

Also, the book warns, don't jump into a pool or body of water because the bees will just be waiting for you when you come out.

 

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