Thursday, August 25, 2005

Wasp Stings in Wisconsin

Excerpted from the Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel

"Rash of wasp attacks stings area "

Medical and emergency response officials from Milwaukee-area counties confirmed Wednesday that wasp and bee stings are on the rise and expressed concern about the severity.

"Over the last three weeks, we've had a tremendous increase in incidents of bee stings, and occasionally some are becoming infected," said Bill Haselow, an emergency medicine physician at Columbia St Mary's, Ozaukee Campus in Mequon.

On some shifts, as many as seven patients have sought treatment for stings, he said.

"It's definitely more than I've ever seen," said Thomas Dietrich, an emergency medicine physician at St. Joseph's Hospital near West Bend.


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