PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A South Korean employee who disturbed a wasp nest while clearing vines at Camp Humphreys in South Korea died within hours of sustaining numerous wasp stings, the Army said Tuesday.

The Army on Tuesday said it was withholding the employee’s name until his next of kin are notified. He died about 10:10 a.m. Friday after accidentally disturbing the hive, the Army’s Area III Support Activity said in a news release.

The incident occurred around 8:15 a.m. while the employee was clearing vines from a fence near the post’s walk-in gate, according to the release.

“The victim suffered multiple wasp stings and shortly thereafter complained of difficulty breathing,” the release said. Co-workers rushed him to the 168th Medical Company emergency room.

“Extensive efforts to save his life proved unsuccessful and the employee was pronounced dead at 10:10 a.m. from a suspected allergic reaction to the stings,” the release said.

The exact cause of death would be determined by an autopsy, the Army said.

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