Warning issued after 'Killer Bee' attack in Breckenridge

People in Breckenridge were warned to stay inside Friday afternoon after someone was attacked by Africanized bees -- also known as "killer bees."

The Breckenridge Fire Department said the attack happened about 1:30 p.m. in the 300 block of W Lindsey Street.

Firefighters sprayed the victim down with water and Dawn soap. They were transported to the hospital and then "airlifted to a larger facility," according to Fire Chief Calvin Chaney.

Chaney could not release the victim's name or how many times they were stung.

A Code Red was sent to people who live in the immediate area to stay indoors and to not operate any outside equipment that generates noise.

The area from W Lindsey Street to W 1st Street and N Rose Ave to N Miller was blocked off.

Breckenridge High School and Breckenridge Junior High ISD are just two blocks away. The schools told students to avoid that area on their way home.

Chaney said the bees returned to the hive which is at the house where the attack happened.

The only area they are concerned with now is the area directly in front of the house.

The fire department is trying to find an exterminator that will take care of them.

If you come into contact with Africcanized bees, the USDA says you should:

1. RUN away quickly. Do not stop to help others. However, small children and the disabled may need some assistance.

2. As you are running, pull your shirt up over your head to protect your face, but make sure it does not slow your progress. This will help keep the bees from targeting the sensitive areas around your head and eyes.

3. Continue to RUN. Do not stop running until you reach shelter, such as a vehicle or building. A few bees may follow you indoors. However, if you run to a well-lit area, the bees will tend to become confused and fly to windows.Do not jump into water! The bees will wait for you to come up for air. If you are trapped for some reason, cover up with blankets, sleeping bags, clothes, or whatever else is immediately available.

4. Do not swat at the bees or flail your arms. Bees are attracted to movement and crushed bees emit a smell that will attract more bees.

5. Once you have reached shelter or have outrun the bees, remove all stingers. When a honey bees stings, it leaves its stinger in the skin. This kills the honey bee so it can't sting again, but it also means that venom continues to enter into the wound for a short time.

6. Do not pull stingers out with tweezers or your fingers. This will only squeeze more venom into the wound. Instead, scrape the stinger out sideways using your fingernail, the edge of a credit card, a dull knife blade or other straight-edged object.

7. If you see someone being attacked by bees, encourage them to run away or seek shelter. Do not attempt to rescue them yourself. Call 911 to report a serious stinging attack. The emergency response personnel in your area have probably been trained to handle bee attacks.

8. If you have been stung more than 15 times, or are feeling ill, or if you have any reason to believe you may be allergic to bee stings, seek medical attention immediately. The average person can safely tolerate 10 stings per pound of body weight. This means that although 500 stings can kill a child, the average adult could withstand more than 1100 stings.

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