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18 people killed by hornet attacks

A t least 18 people have bee n killed in an unusual spate of hornet attacks in central China.

More than 100 people in the Angkang city area of Shaanxi province have been stung by swarms of the insects in recent months and treated in Ankang City Central Hospital.

Eighteen of them have died, according to health officials, but a local state-run newspaper claimed 21 have died in hospitals.

People in the region are killed by hornets every year , especially in forested areas, but this year has been unusually severe, possibly because of weather changes.

In the affected village of Sanping, people have been warned "to be very vigilant while in the woods".

AP

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