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August 17, 2002

BEE AND INSECT STINGS
Allergic reactions to bee and insect stings are potentially fatal. Bee, wasp, and insect stings cause more deaths in the United States than any other kind of envenomation (injection of venom). Wasps and bees cause 30 to 120 deaths each year in the U.S. Most deaths occur in people 35-45 years of age. Fifty percent of deaths occur within 30 minutes of the sting.

Stinging insects are most active during the summer and early fall. Yellow jackets cause over 95% of the allergic insect stings in this country. Ants sting 9.3 million people each year.

          IDENTIFYING THE STINGING INSECTS