It is true that most folks who say they are allergic aren't.
On the other hand, beekeepers who assume that someone who says they are allergic is lying/mistaken give all beekeepers a bad name...and show their ignorance to those who are allergic, whether they take precautions or not.
Pure selfish thinking.
The actual number of deaths from bee stings, while increasing, is still tiny compared to most other risks:Third-party net sales in the Specialty segment increased 13% to $176.1 million. Specialty segment sales were driven by the strong performance of its flagship product – EpiPen auto-injector – for severe allergic reactions. Favorable pricing and volume aided sales of the product in the quarter. Mylan and Pfizer (PFE - Analyst Report) have an agreement for EpiPen, under which Pfizer manufactures and Mylan markets the product.
Adjusted gross margin during the fourth quarter of 2013 improved to 51% from 49% in the year-ago quarter. Margins were positively impacted primarily by strong sales of EpiPen auto-injector, driven by favorable pricing and volume. Adjusted operating expenses climbed 9.3% to $476.7 million during the reported quarter.
Note that the 79 deaths are from ALL Hymenoptera, not just neighborhood honeybees, and will include those caused by AHB attacks.There were 1802 animal-related fatalities with the majority coming from nonvenomous animals (60.4%). The largest percentage (36.4%) of animal-related fatalities was attributable to “other mammals,” which is largely composed of farm animals. Deaths attributable to Hymenoptera (hornets, wasps, and bees) have increased during the past 60 years in the United States and now account for more than 79 fatalities per year and 28.2% of the total animal-related fatalities from 1999 to 2007. Dog-related fatalities have increased in the United States, accounting for approximately 28 fatalities per year and 13.9% of the total animal-related fatalities.
Exactly. If they are allergic the epi-pen will do the trick. If they don't own one, I doubt they are allergic.Everyone thinks they are allergic to bee stings. Very few people are. Ask if they carry their epipen with them... if they don't have an epipen it's very questionable that they are allergic. Ask what kind of reaction they had last time they were stung by a bee. Ask how they got the stinger out (odds are they've never even been stung by a honey bee, but rather by a yellow jacket or some other hornet.
Hopefully anyone reading this thread would wonder whether they were actually allergic or whether they were simply subject to a normal reaction, and then go have themselves tested to find out if they truly were at risk.Anyone with a legitimate allergy reading this thread would legitimately feel like beekeepers are incapable of reasonable behavior.
Not true AT ALL!Anyone with a legitimate allergy reading this thread would legitimately feel like beekeepers are incapable of reasonable behavior.