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19 in serious condition, 6 in coma in Chiang Mai, novice monks just cleaning up the temple grounds when swarm of bees attacked them. 



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Monks in serious state after bee attack

24/06/2012

More than 70 novice monks have been admitted to three hospitals after they were stung by bees at Chedi Luang Worawiharn in Chiang Mai's Muang district yesterday.

Large swarms of bees from several hives attacked the novice monks who were sweeping the grounds of the temple in the afternoon.

Phra Ratcha Jetiyajarn, the temple abbot, said 76 novice monks were stung and rushed to three hospitals in central Chiang Mai.

Fifty three monks were admitted to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. Nineteen of them were in serious condition, said hospital director Dr Naren Chotirosnimitr.

Another 23 monks were treated at the Chang Phuek Hospital and Rhuampath Chiangmai Hospital.

Dr Naren said of those in serious condition, six arrived at the hospital in a coma. Their blood pressure had dropped dangerously low.

The director said 34 monks treated for minor injuries at Maharaj hospital were later discharged yesterday. The doctors will visit them at the temple to follow up on their condition.

Dr Naren said bee attacks could be fatal if patients sustain multiple stings and are allergic to them.

Patients typically experience nausea and difficulty breathing and develop a rash. In serious cases, their blood pressure drops sharply.

Phra Ratcha Jetiyajarn said he had no idea what provoked the bees to attack. The monks were carrying out their routine clean-up of the temple ground and had had no problem with the bees before.

Despite the attack, the temple will keep the bee hives and will warn outsiders and tourists visiting the temple to stay well away from them, he said.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Monks in serious state after bee attack, 24/06/2012, link)


Bee Attack Vocabulary

Chedi Luang  - temple of the big stupa, a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai, Thailand วัดเจดีย์หลวง (See Wikipedia)

bee -  a flying insect that has black and yellow bands around its body and can sting you  ผึ้ง (See Wikipedia)

attack - trying to cause injury or harm to another person or animal การโจมตี
bee attack

provoke -
to try make someone angry or make them attack you ยั่วยุอารมณ์, ทำให้โกรธ
provoke bees to attack


swarm
- insects flying together in a large group ฝูงแมลง
swarms of bees


beehive - a bee house, the place where bees live and raise their young (See Wikipedia)
hive - Same as "beehive"

sting (verb) - when an insect hurts you by sticking a sharp part of its body into your skin ต่อย,  ทำให้เจ็บปวด
stinger (noun) - the sharp part of the bee's body that enters the skin (See Wikipedia)

stung (verb, past)
stung by bees
sting (noun)

bee sting -"in people who are allergic to bee stings, a sting [and the venom from the bee] may trigger a dangerous anaphylactic reaction that is potentially deadly. Honey bee stings release pheromones that prompt other nearby bees to attack" (See Wikipedia)

venom -
the poison in the bite or sting of animals or insects (See Wikipedia)

allergy
(noun) - a medical condition in which you become sick or your skin becomes covered with red marks as a reaction to something you eat, breathe or drink (See Wikipedia)
allergic
(adjective)  
allergic reaction

anaphylaxis - a serious allergic reaction, rapid in onset and may cause death, symptoms include an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure,  common causes include insect bites, foods, and medications (See Wikipedia)
anaphylactic reaction - Same as "anaphylaxis"

type I hypersensivity - the medical word for "allergy", anaphylaxis is one kind of type I hypersensitivity reaction (See Wikipedia)

state - condition สภาพ
in serious state

condition - Same as "state" สภาพ
in serious condition

Monks in serious state after bee attack

novice - of someone with little experience doing something มือใหม่
novice monks  - a person under 20 training to be a monk, before age 20 cannot become a monk (See Wikipedia)

More than 70 novice monks have been admitted to three hospitals after they were stung by bees at Chedi Luang Worawiharn in Chiang Mai's Muang district yesterday.

temple - Buddhist temple, place where Buddhists go to worship and make merit; wat  วัด (See Wikipedia and also Wat)

grounds - the area surrounding a building บริเวณ,เขต,สถานที่
grounds of the temple

sweep -
clean an area with a broom  (removing dirt and things on the ground) กวาด
sweeping the grounds of the temple

Large swarms of bees from several hives attacked the novice monks who were sweeping the grounds of the temple in the afternoon.

abbot - the head monk at a temple เจ้าอาวาส
temple abbot

rushed - taken somewhere very quickly ด้วยความเร่งรีบ
rushed to the hospital

Phra Ratcha Jetiyajarn, the temple abbot, said 76 novice monks were stung and rushed to three hospitals in central Chiang Mai.

coma - when a person is in a condition like a long sleep, "a state of unconsciousness, lasting more than six hours in which a person cannot be awakened, fails to respond normally to painful stimuli, light, sound, lacks a normal sleep-wake cycle and does not initiate voluntary actions" (See Wikipedia)

blood pressure -
the force or pressure of the blood passing through the body in blood vessels; high blood pressure can lead to heart or cardiovascular disease, heart attack, heart failure and increased risk of death (See Wikipedia)

Fifty three monks were admitted to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. Nineteen of them were in serious condition, said hospital director Dr Naren Chotirosnimitr. Another 23 monks were treated at the Chang Phuek Hospital and Rhuampath Chiangmai Hospital. Dr Naren said of those in serious condition, six arrived at the hospital in a coma. Their blood pressure had dropped dangerously low.

injury - physical damage to a part of a person's body (that causes pain and loss of normal function)  อาการบาดเจ็บ

minor - not important; small; having little influence or effect เล็กน้อย
minor injuries

treated for minor injuries

discharge - when someone officially leaves a place such as a hospital 
discharged from hospital

follow up -
to do something in addition to what you have already done (example: to close a sale it is usually necessary to follow up on the first sales call)
follow up on their condition

The director said 34 monks treated for minor injuries at Maharaj hospital were later discharged yesterday. The doctors will visit them at the temple to follow up on their condition.

fatal - causing someone to die ถึงตาย
patients  -  people being treated for a disease or injury by doctors and nurses at a hospital or clinic

sustain - to experience, injury, damage, loss, etc. ประสบกับ (ความสูญเสีย การเจ็บป่วย)
sustain multiple stings
sustain multiple injuries

Dr Naren said bee attacks could be fatal if patients sustain multiple stings and are allergic to them.

typically - usually; normally อย่างเป็นแบบฉบับ

nausea - feeling like you want to throw up
rash - when skin changes colour, appearance, and texture, usually becoming red (See Wikipedia)

routine - the usual series of tasks that are done as part or a job or work กิจวัตร
routine clean-up

outsiders - person not belonging to the group (who does not know what is going on in the group)

Patients typically experience nausea and difficulty breathing and develop a rash. In serious cases, their blood pressure drops sharply. Phra Ratcha Jetiyajarn said he had no idea what provoked the bees to attack. The monks were carrying out their routine clean-up of the temple ground and had had no problem with the bees before. Despite the attack, the temple will keep the bee hives and will warn outsiders and tourists visiting the temple to stay well away from them, he said.

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