A dozen runners attacked by hornets at Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge marathon

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/11/07
By:  Central News Agency

Runners in the Taroko Gorge Marathon  (CNA photo)

A swam of hornets attacked about a dozen runners during the Taroko Gorge Marathon in the eastern county of Hualien on Saturday, leaving 2 hospitalized, but none of the injuries were life-threatening, the organizer said.

Chang Chih-chiang (張志強), who heads the Hualien County Marathon Road Running Association, said one of the athletes went into anaphylactic shock but has since regained consciousness and is being treated at Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital.

Another runner had an allergic reaction to the wasp stings and is currently being treated at a local hospital, Chang said, noting that the rest of the injured runners were seen by emergency workers at the scene and continued the marathon.

The incident happened at around 8:50 a.m., when staff members reported the hornet attack on a section of the Buluowan plateau, he explained, noting that the event otherwise proceeded as planned.    [FULL  STORY]

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