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from The Houston Chronicle
Houston killer bee attack leads to quarantine
Copyright 2001 Houston Chronicle
Harris County was added Thursday to the state quarantine list that restricts movement of commercial bee operations after the discovery of Africanized honey bees, the so-called killer bees.
The addition of Harris makes 137 counties in Texas now under the quarantine, said Paul Jackson, chief inspector for the Texas Apiary Inspection Service, a unit of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
A Houston man, Johnny Money, who was mowing, disturbed the Africanized bees in a 55-gallon barrel July 27. He was stung 60 times, but recovered after receiving medical care.
A sample of bees taken from the barrel, at 9444 Ronda Lane in southwest Houston near U.S. 59 and the Sam Houston Tollway, was analyzed and found to be Africanized.
"The sample was later sent to the Honey Bee Identification Lab at Texas," Jackson said, "and the followup investigation concluded Aug. 14 that Harris County should be quarantined."
The quarantine allows beekeepers to move beehives within, but not out of, the zone in an effort to prevent assisting the spread.
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