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Mar 7, 2014 11:28 PM by The Associated Press

Woman attacked by thousands of bees in Southern California

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) - A 71-year-old woman is believed to have suffered about 1,000 stings in Palm Desert after being attacked by a swarm of killer bees that covered her entire body.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Williams said the woman was expected to recover after Thursday's attack. He said five firefighters were also hospitalized after being stung.

A bee removal specialist told the Riverside Press-Enterprise up to 80,000 Africanized honey bees that were found in an underground electrical vault stung a Verizon employee who opened the vault. Lance Davis said the bees then attacked the woman, who had just gotten out of a car nearby.

Davis said her relatives tossed a blanket over her and rushed her inside.

Davis said he removed the bees and planned to donate them to farmers.

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