Image via Wikipedia An elderly man has been attacked by a swarm of flesh-eating ants as he lay in a hospital bed in Florida receiving treatment for a heart condition.
Cornelius Lewis, 76, was recovering from an operation to fit a pacemaker when the ants, which have been spotted in the hospital previously, bit him hundreds of times on the legs and genitals, The Daily Mail reported.
The attack went unnoticed by hospital staff for hours because the pavement ants, a common household pest, were hidden by the bedcovers.
Mr Lewis's son said the hospital was supposed to check his father more regularly.
"He was supposed to be monitored every 10 minutes," Neil Lewis told Newspress.com.
Neil said when the hospital finally did discover the ants and try to move Mr Lewis they found ants in the new room as well.
Lee Memorial Health System, which runs the Gulf Coast Medical Centre, confirmed there was an ant problem and said staff were taking steps to make sure nobody else was attacked.
"There are no reports of other patients being bitten by ants and Gulf Coast is the only hospital with an ant problem," public relations director Karen Krieder said.
All the companies' hospitals are now being treated by pest control experts.
Lewis is still being treated at the Gulf Coast Medical Centre