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Two children in hospital after wasp attack
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Two children in hospital after wasp attack

Published: 24 Aug 2012 08:15 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Aug 2012 08:15 GMT+02:00

A group of school children in Gothenburg who were playing outdoors had to be given medical attention with two taken to hospital on Thursday afternoon after being attacked by a swarm of wasps in a wooded area near their school.

“We had the children examined on site and two of them were then taken to hospital for treatment,“ said Monica Grandin of the SOS alarm emergency services to local paper Göteborgsposten (GP).

The emergency services received a call round 2pm on Thursday that some twenty school children from a nearby school had been attacked by wasps and badly stung while playing in the school grounds, according to the paper.

Five ambulances and a medical vehicle were dispatched and medical staff examined all the affected children to see who needed further medical attention.

Two of the children had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment.

According to GP, the principal of the school, Carin Edvardsson, had been in a meeting on Thursday but said that as far as she knew, the whole thing had been handled well by teachers.

The hospital was unwilling to disclose any further particulars as to how badly stung the two children were, but Edvardsson said she’d know more over the course of Friday.

“Then we’ll be able to give more details about what actually happened and how the children are doing,“ she said to GP.

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23:39 August 24, 2012 by bcterry
This must have been horrifying for those little ones, i hope they are not too badly injured.

Wasps are extremely dangerous in late summer and the fall.

"Yellowjacket colony life

Yellowjacket wasps live in large colonies dominated by a queen. Colonies start in the spring when the queen emerges from winter dormancy. Once she rears a few workers (female offspring) the queen no longer leaves the nest. Colonies grow throughout summer, reach maximum size by fall then begin to decline. Most nests die out before winter. Only mated queens survive until the following spring.

Colonies become aggressive in late summer

Wasps can be particularly aggressive in late summer when colonies reach maximum size. This aggression is generally associated with colony defense but wasp stings can occur away from the nest as well. If you get stung, get moving! When yellowjackets sting they may leave behind a small amount of chemical marker that identifies you as an enemy of the nest. For this reason you should quickly leave the area after being stung before other wasps have a chance to swarm."
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