A Kannur native was killed on Tuesday after being stung by wasps while felling a tree. The deceased has been identified as Babu, a labourer from Muzhakkunnil in the district, according to reports.
The incident took place on Monday when the 55-year-old Babu was felling a rubber tree on a private property in Banglakkunnu.
The chopped tree fell on a wasp hive and the wasps began attacking the labourers. While four of the others ran for their lives, Babu was reportedly left behind.
Babu was rescued from the attack with great difficulty. However by the time he was rescued, he was in a dire condition, reports say. Following the attack, Babu was admitted to a hospital here but soon succumbed to the attacks. The other labourers are being treated at a private hospital in Kannur.
The deceasedâ€™s mortal remains have been taken to the Pariyaram Medical College for post mortem, based on the instructions of the Peravur police Inspector.
A wasp attack can be dangerous and even fatal when a person sustains over 30 or 40 stings. According to reports, unlike bees, wasps do not die after one sting and will continue to sting even after the first time.
Wasps usually attack only when they feel threatened. When one wasp stings, it secretes a pheromone to contact other wasps and this is how they attack in droves.
In some cases, people die after developing a severe allergic reaction to the wasp sting. This is known as anaphylaxis, and can be a medical emergency if not treated urgently.
If stung by a wasp, the person is advised to pull out any stings left on the skin and gently wash the area with soap and water. Doctors also suggest placing an ice flannel or a cold object on the swollen area to reduce the bite inflammation.