Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Beach Fun Can Have a Sting So Pack Vinegar

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Beach Fun Can Have a Sting So Pack Vinegar

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RACQ CareFlight Rescue is warning beach-goers to be prepared this summer ahead of the usual influx of marine stingers.

This time last year the rescue helicopters from Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast airlifted seven people from Fraser Island in a nine-day period and all were suffering suspected irukandji jellyfish stings.

The patients, who ranged in age from 5-40, were all stung on the western side of the island, late in the day.

"Irukandji are one of the more serious stingers we can encounter," CareFlight doctor Todd Fraser said.

"They have a very minor sting initially, but that's followed by severe generalised pain, headache, vomiting and sweating.

"In some people the venom can cause very high blood pressure and a life-threatening reaction."

The people airlifted last year exhibited a range of symptoms including severe pain, nausea, muscle weakness, shortness of breath and cramping.

"If someone is suffering a suspected irukandji sting, it's important to remove any visible tentacles before they cause further envenomation. …

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