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Westchester doctor: Public should be aware of killer hornets but not alarmed

News of that killer hornets surfaced in a remote area of Washington state sent internet abuzz, but doctors in Westchester say there's no reason to be alarmed.

News 12 Staff

May 11, 2020, 10:42 PM

Updated 1,476 days ago

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News that killer hornets surfaced in a remote area of Washington state sent the internet abuzz, but a doctor in Westchester says there's no reason to be alarmed.
The Asian giant hornet is a 2-inch predatory bug that poses a threat to humans, but is an even bigger threat to populations of honey bees and the food supply they pollinate.
Dr. Robert Amler, of New York Medical College, says people should be aware but not alarmed.
"This is not an imminent threat for the East Coast or New York area," says Amler.
However, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner says people have to be careful.
Feiner says the town has already started stockpiling epinedrine and other drugs that fight a potential sting. He's alerting his community to be extra vigilant.
"If people go near these hornets there could be serious incidents, possibly fatalities, but Greenburgh being proactive getting the medication they need now we can make sure lives are saved," says Feiner. 
Dr. Amler stresses that there are other bugs people should be more worried about, like mosquitoes and ticks.
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