Thousands of 'killer bees' attack woman

A swarm of bees. Credit: Creative Commons

A 71-year-old woman suffered around 1,000 stings in Southern California after being attacked by a swarm of 'killer' Africanised honey bees that covered her entire body.

So Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Williams says the woman was expected to recover after Thursday's attack in Palm Desert. He said five firefighters were also treated in hospital for stings.

Around 80,000 bees were disturbed by a workman, who was also stung, when he attempted to access an underground electrical vault. The bees then attacked the woman, who had just got out of her car nearby.