Hornet Attack Death Toll Tops 40

BEIJING (October 2, 2013)—The death toll from an unusual rash of hornet attacks in central China has reached 41, the Shaanxi provincial government says.

The attacks plagued not only the city of Ankang, where 19 died as reported by the official Xinhua News Agency, but also killed 22 others in two adjacent cities.

All told, 1,600 people have been injured, and 37 of them are in critical or serious condition in hospitals.

The provincial government says it has mobilized a special medic team and trained more medical personnel to treat victims.

The hornets mate and migrate in September and October when they are most aggressive in behavior, the government said.

Local officials said weather changes may have also have contributed to the ferocity of attacks.

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