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Ottawa, July 24, 2014 – The Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) would like to comment on the death of Mrs. Lucie Roussel, Mayor of La Prairie, on Sunday.  As previously reported, Mrs. Roussel stepped on a wasp nest and was stung multiple times.  Unfortunately, the autopsy report is not yet available. It is thought that Mrs. Roussel died from a toxic reaction to the stings which usually requires at least 50 stings, or anaphylaxis which can occur after one sting. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can cause hives over the body, shortness of breath, throat closing, vomiting and light headedness. Both types of reactions appear suddenly usually within 1 hour of the sting and require immediate and appropriate care. It is important that, regardless of the type of reaction, one be prepared and knows how to react in such situations.