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Acute Renal Failure Due to Multiple Stings by Africanized Bees

GONZALO MEJIA, M.D.; MARIO ARBELAEZ, M.D.; JORGE E. HENAO, M.D.; ALVARO A. SUS, M.D.; and JORGE L. ARANGO, M.D.
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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Gonzalo Mejia, M.D.; Ap Aereo 60417; Medellin, Colombia, South America.


University of Antioquia School of Medicine and the Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul, Medellin, Colombia.


Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(2):210-211. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-104-2-210
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The introduction of the African bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) to Brazil was followed in 1957 by the accidental escape of 26 swarms that hybridized with previously established European bee races, giving rise to the Africanized bee (1). A feral population became established from this introduction, which then began to spread through Latin America. The northernmost advance (southern United States) is expected to occur between 1990 and 1997 (2).

Several complications of bee stings, including renal involvement, have been reported, but in most cases the lesions are due to hypersensitivity to the bee venom after a single sting (3). Few reports

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