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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A potentially deadly pest could be in your yard.

This week, a 12 year-old Texas boy died after being bitten by fire ants. Cameron Espinosa went into cardiac arrest after multiple ants bit him during halftime of a middle school football game.

An Albany allergist says severe ant allergy is rare, but you'll know you have if you get an ant bite. Erin Cannington said, "The signs you would have if you were having an allergic reaction to a fire ant sting, hives all over, difficulty breathing, wheezing. The person may feel light-headed or dizzy or have G.I. upsets such as vomiting or diarrhea."

Earlier this year, an Atlanta woman who knew she had an ant allergy died after being bitten while lying by a swimming pool.

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