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Officials keeping an eye out for killer bees

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials are on the lookout for killer bees in the state after a recent fatal attack in Albany.

University of Georgia bee researcher Keith Delaplane says it's likely only a matter of time before the Africanized honeybees - commonly known as killer bees - work their up through the state.

Killer bees appeared in Georgia in October, killing 73-year-old Albany man as he drove a bulldozer that disturbed their nest.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture suspects the bees came to Georgia after hitching a ride on a truck from Florida.

Agriculture officials have launched a sampling program to look for more killer bees in southern Georgia, but haven't found any.

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