A MAN who had a severe reaction to wasp stings has been flown by air ambulance to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
The man is thought to have been attacked by wasps while in the Northampton area last week. He was flown back to Huddersfield by Nor- thampton and Warwickshire Air Ambulance.
An air ambulance spokesman confirmed the man, believed to be from the Marsh area, had suffered anaphylaxis, a severe reaction to bee or wasp stings and was heavily sedated during the journey.
Anaphylaxis is a sudden and possibly fatal reaction to something to which the victim has become unusually sensitive. Severe reactions to insect stings account for four deaths in the UK every year.
Symptoms of a potentially life-threatening reaction include shock, dizziness, unconsciousness, difficulty in breathing and swelling in the throat.
The symptoms can start immediately or up to 30 minutes later and could last for hours.