Lawrence Hall. Mario Salinas Sr.

Two men, both dead, from bee attacks in the past two weeks in our region.

Tragic, indeed.

Both men were mowing grass when they were attacked.

Hall was stung more than 40 times, according to officials.

Salinas Sr. was stung at least six times, although his family believes it likely was more than that.

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows about 60 people are killed by bees, wasps and hornets each year. The total number of people killed by stings from venomous insects could be higher because of deaths wrongly attributed to heart attack or heat stroke instead of an insect sting.

It is not yet known whether Hall or Salinas Sr. had bee allergies. Believe it or not, not all people know they have bee allergies.

But if you do know you are allergic and are working or playing in areas where bees are, make sure you have a bee sting kit, according to healthline.com.

This kit contains a medication called epinephrine, which treats anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction that could make breathing difficult.

You also should know the signs. Do the bees or wasps “sound” angry or aggravated? If so, keep away, according to buzzaboutbees.net.

Note that bumblebees are largely docile but will raise their middle leg if they feel threatened.

If they feel threatened, it’s your signal to leave them alone.

Hall and Salinas Sr. lost their lives to an unthinkable circumstance. You don’t have to. Be safe, educate yourself and take proactive measures.

We don’t want – or need – any more bee-related deaths.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate’s editorial board.

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