In May of 1991, Jesus Diaz became the first person to be attacked by these infamous "killer bees" in the U.S. The attack occurred while Jesus was mowing a lawn in the border city of Brownsville, Texas. Diaz ended up suffering a total of 18 stings and was treated at a local hospital.

On July 15, 1993, on his ranch near Harlingen, Texas, 82-year-old Lino Lopez became the first person to die in the U.S. from Africanized honey bee stings. He was stung over 40 times while trying to remove a colony from a wall in an abandoned building.

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