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Mother and toddler attacked by aggressive bees

Posted at 7:34 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 14:35:25-04

A mother and her toddler were stung about 50 times after a swarm of aggressive bees attacked them. 

Olivia Poe and her two-year-old son, Weston, were playing at near a park at Nellis Air Force base when she suddenly noticed her son covered from head to toe in bees. 

"They were going in his ears, his eyes, his nose, so I grabbed him," Poe said. 

She grabbed her son and started to run away, but the bees followed. 

"They are aggressive, very, very, very aggressive," she said. 

Both Poe and her son were stung several times. They were taken to the hospital where the toddler suffered from vomiting. 

The responders at the emergency room told Poe the bees were likely Africanized honey bees.

Daniel Millett of Bee Master of Las Vegas said Africanized honey bees are common in Las Vegas. They are more aggressive than normal bees. 

Millett said Poe did the right thing by immediately running indoors when the swarm attacked them. 

"When you go from hot to cold it makes their wings and everything slow down," Millett said. 

You should never swat at bees if you're being attacked and don't jump in a pool. Millett said the bees will wait for you. There is also a risk of drowning.