Beijing: At least 19 people were killed and over 580 injured in a surge of insect attacks since July in western China, local health officials said.
Hospitals in Ankang City of Shaanxi province have received as many as 583 patients attacked by wasps among which 70 are still being treated, officials said.
Local experts said improved vegetation might be a reason for the increased attacks, which they said is an aggressive insect and are usually active in summer and autumn, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The city`s fire department have helped remove more than 300 hives to protect its citizens. Three hospitals have been designated to treat victims of wasp attacks with an expert panel assisting them.