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Case report
Africanised honey bee sting-induced ischaemic stroke
  1. Anil Frank Ramlackhansingh1 and
  2. Naveen Seecheran2
  1. 1Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies at Saint Augustine, Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  2. 2Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies at Saint Augustine, Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anil Frank Ramlackhansingh; anil.ramlackhansingh{at}


The Africanised honey bee, vernacularly known as the ‘killer bee’, is a hybrid of the western honey bee species. These bees tend to be more aggressive with a greater tendency for swarm formation. Their stings are frequently encountered with a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations, ranging from local to systemic effects, even with recorded fatalities. We report a case of an elderly man, who experienced a cerebrovascular event confirmed by neuroimaging within 24 hours after a multitude of Africanised honey bee stings.

  • stroke
  • toxicology

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  • Contributors AFR was involved with the early management of this patient and wrote the original manuscript. NS was involved with preforming all cardiology investigations and the editing of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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