25 Jun 2012

Bee swarm hospitalises monks

3:15 pm on 25 June 2012

Swarms of bees have attacked a group of novice monks at a Buddhist temple in northern Thailand, causing 76 of them to be hospitalised.

Nineteen of the 76 monks admitted to hospital are in a serious condition.

Six of the monks arrived at the hospital in comas, with their blood pressure at dangerously low levels.

The Bangkok Post reports the monks were sweeping the grounds of the Chedi Luang Worwiharn temple in Chiang Mai province, 600km north of Bangkok, when the bees attacked.

Abbot Phra Ratcha Jetyajarn said he had no idea why. He said the temple would continue to keep bee hives on the grounds, but will warn visitors to keep their distance.