Identifying the insect responsible for the death of an employee at the Newmont Surgold plant in Suriname

Identifying the insect responsible for the death of an employee at the Newmont Surgold plant in Suriname

Category

Technology

Available online

4 Mar 2013

Found in Edition

2013, Volume 4, 353-355

Format

Case report
A young male employee of Surgold Mining Company died within a few hours of being stung on the hand by a “yellow bee”. Since the gold mining company involved cannot risk other employees facing the same situation in the future and to ensure safety for all company employees, a field study was carried out to make an assessment and identify the possible “yellow bee”. Bait traps to which these possible “yellow bees” are attracted were placed. Of about the fifteen “yellow bees” seen onsite none are deadly to humans. The closest suspected bee however, of which no specimens were seen or found but are abundant everywhere in Suriname, is likely to be the Africanized bee, Apis mellifera. Advice to prevent lethal accidents was given.

Subject

Yellow bee

Keywords

yellow bee, entomological, Suriname, Apis mellifera, bee sting, killer bee

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anielkoemar Gangadin (1)

Nationale Zoölogische Collectie van Suriname NZCS, Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Leysweg 86, POBox 9212 Paramaribo. Tel: +597 494756/ 465558 ext. 322/ 8841672, Fax: +597 494756, E-mail address: anilkumar.gangadin@uvs.edu or nzcs@uvs.edu
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