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Georgia man killed by Africanized bees

In October, a Dougherty County man became the first person to die in Georgia from Africanized honeybee stings. Reports say he ran over a feral colony of ‘killer bees’ with his bulldozer and received more than 100 stings. Local honeybee master beekeeper and entomologist at the UGA Griffin campus, Jim Quick says he thinks the bee attack was an isolated incident. He said Africanized bees have not spread any further north than Tampa. ’I think the bees were possibly brought to Georgia from someone doing pollination in Florida and they didn’t realize Africanized bees were in the colony,’ he said. ‘As far as spreading, at this time I don’t think the bees have spread throughout Georgia.’

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