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Walker falls into wasp nest

Last updated 05:00 13/03/2014

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An Auckland woman had to be flown to hospital after a clifftop wasp attack while she was out walking with friends.

The Westpac rescue helicopter took the woman to North Shore Hospital just after midday on Sunday after she fell over a wasp nest near Bethells Beach.

The woman tripped over the nest and fractured her ankle, and was then stung by a "whole lot of wasps", helicopter crew chief Herby Barnes says.

He couldn't quantify the number of stings but said there were enough to give the woman an anaphylactic reaction.

"I'd say there has been a lot of wasps stings lately, we have had a few call outs with persons with anaphylactic reactions," he says.

The woman was in a stable condition.

A Warkworth woman also had a severe reaction to wasp stings on February 25 and was taken to Auckland City Hospital by the helicopter in a critical condition.

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