There have already been at least 19 lives lost due to being stung to death by killer hornets in China's central Shaanxi province. CNN reported on Sept. 27, 2013, that the Vespa mandarinia - the world's largest hornet species - could be included in the killer hornets that have claimed so many lives in just the past three months alone.
A man named Chen Changlin was hospitalized last week. He was out harvesting rice when he was attacked by the killer hornets.
"I ran and shouted for help, but the hornets chased me about 200 meters, and stung me for more than 3 minutes," he recounted to the state-run China Youth Daily.
Since July 1, 2013, a total of 583 people in the provincial area have been stung by hornets. 70 of those victims are still in hospitals and trying to recover. Two of the 19 victims were a woman and a child that were working near Chen.
He said the killer hornets had first swarmed on them and they ended up running toward him.
Another victim said that "the more you run, the more they want to chase you." This victim's kidneys were ravaged by the venom of the killer hornets. One report says that his urine is actually the color of soy sauce since being admitted to the hospital.
The Asian killer hornet is suspected in a number of the attacks that have happened in hot, dry weather. Their venom sting injects a neurotoxin that actually dissolves human tissue.
The killer hornet attacks are happening in numerous areas and attacking single people or even large groups.