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Chiang Mai – Bee Attack at Temple Sends Over 70 Monks to Hospital and Leaves Few in Coma

Via: City News – Chiang Mai

Around 70 of the novices were stung. Some of whom were left unconscious due to low blood pressure following the stings, while others suffered from nausea.

Rescue teams used more than 7 ambulances to take all the victims to different hospitals in the Chiang Mai area, including Maharaj Nakhorn Chiang Mai Hospital, Chang Puak Hospital and Ruam Phat Hospital. 

Witness said that while the novices were involved in a cleaning activity, mostly pruning branches, bees left their hives and attacked the monks.

European, Chinese and Japanese tourists at the temple were also stung.

Abbot Phra Ratcha told the media that he wasn’t sure why the bees attacked on this day, and that hives had been kept at the temple for a long time.

Bee stings are not usually life threatening, but it is said that around 2 percent of the population go into anaphylactic shock after being stung which could prove fatal.

CityNews called local hospitals where the monks were admitted but as of yet there is no more news on the condition of the monks who were in a serious condition.

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 http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=492

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June 26, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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