Ants Attack Elderly Man In Florida

October 30th, 2010 - 7:24 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
fire-ants2Oct 30, (THAINDIAN NEWS) In a rather bizarre turn of events, an elderly man was attacked by ants while he was laying in a hospital bed in Florida after a heart surgery. The daughter of the 76 year old said that initially the hospital staff did not take note of the problem even though he complained of it. Later, however, when the ants were discovered, the patient was moved from room. The Lee Memorial Health System, where the elderly gentleman was being treated, admitted that the ants had attacked the man and confirmed that they were pavement ants.

The daughter has, however, insisted that the ants were fire ants as the man is complaining of itching and burning. There are also postules that have appeared on the bites of the man that have turned red. An ant expert said that thought pavement ants have a stinger, they rarely sting. The daughter explained that when her father came out after the surgery, he was looking great. She later found out that his ICU had been shifted. His daughter explained that after the surgery, one of his hands were tied to his chest and the other one was cuffed so that he could not move them. This prevented him to act while the ants bit him and he was also unable to see them due to the layer of blankets that were put on top of him.

Experts have said that it is unlikely that the fire ants have stung the 76 year old man as they are rarely known to attack in an indoor environment. They also said that they attack humans only if they feel threatened by them.

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