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Health officials warn leave bees to the professionals

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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Health officials say Africanized bees behave differently than regular honey bees.

If you come across a hive, you should run and not stop running until you reach shelter. Africanized bees will pursue a perceived enemy for a quarter mile or more. They can sense a threat from people or animals 50-feet or more from the nest. Jumping into water is not recommended, the bees will wait for you to come up for air. Bee are attracted to movement, so don't swat. If you get stung, don't pull the stinger out.

"It's better to scrape the stinger either with your fingernail or your credit card or something smooth to scrape it out so you don't push more venom into the skin," said Nancy McKemie, P.A. Allergy & Asthma Clinics of Georgia.

If you suffer at least 15-stings and start feeling, or if you're allergic to bee stings, you should seek medical attention.


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