An American Tourist Is Killed By A Swarm Of Wasps
You may not hear much about wasp or bee attacks here in the United States, but in some countries, wasps and other flying insects can kill. Of course, there exists wasp species in North America, but not very many. While there are many bee species that reside in America, there only exists a few genuine wasps species. If America was home to as many species of wasp as Africa, we would probably be hearing many more news stories about wasp related injuries and tragedies. American and many western tourists in Africa may not be well prepared for the threatening forms of wildlife that exist on the continent. For example, one America woman was recently killed in Uganda after sustaining several wasp stings.
Gloria Suemiller from Oklahoma City was the victim of a recent and fatal wasp attack in Uganda. Sadly, the sixty five year old woman was vacationing with her husband when tragedy struck. Suemiller was killed while hiking within Uganda’s Kigezi sub-region. The victim and her husband had been traveling through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by foot when a large wasp swarm approached Suemiller. According to Elly Matte, a Kigezi police spokesman, Suemiller had been walking ahead of the rest of the group in order to keep up with the guides. Matte goes on to explain that the wasp swarm suddenly appeared in large numbers and attacked Suemiller before quickly flying away. Luckily, Suemiller’s husband, White Gary Lynn, and the other six hikers did not sustain any stings. Suemiller’s body is being sent to the local medical examiner in order for an official cause of death to be declared. Both the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the U.S. Embassy in Uganda failed to respond to reporters about inquiries into the woman’s death. The police in the area are still considering this a case that is under investigation.
When considering a vacation in an exotic foreign land, dangerous animals are always a concern, but do you worry specifically about deadly or dangerous insects in these areas?