This article is from the Children Allergies and Asthma FAQ, by Eileen Kupstas Soo firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Contributor: email@example.com (Tom O. Barron)
No one knows for sure, but it is estimated that at least 4 of every
1000 people are affected. Each year 50 to 100 people in the U.S. die
from reactions to stings. Many summer deaths attributed to heart
attack or drowning may actually be due to allergic reactions to insect
stings, so the number may be even higher. More people are killed in
the U.S. each year by insects of the class Hymenoptera
("membrane-winged", including wasps, bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and
fire ants) than by any other venomous animal including rattlesnakes.