Australian teenager dies after being stung by field jellyfish

{The teenager} was swimming at Patterson Level, close to Bamaga in Queensland, on February 22 when he was stung by the creature, CNN affiliate 7News reported.

Native media have reported that it’s regarded as the primary dying from a field jellyfish sting in 15 years.

Queensland Police confirmed to CNN on Thursday that they have been getting ready a report for the coroner following the sudden dying of the 17-year-old, from Bamaga.

The boy was transported to hospital on February 22 after the incident, and died on March 1, police mentioned.

A spokesperson for the Royal Flying Physician Service, an air medical service in Australia, advised CNN in an announcement that crew stabilized the affected person in Bamaga earlier than transferring him to Townsville Hospital on February 22.

Named after their physique form, field jellyfish have tentacles lined in small, poison loaded darts, often called nematocysts.

There are round 50 species of field jellyfish, however only some comprise venom which might show deadly to individuals — together with the Australian field jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, which is taken into account to be essentially the most venomous marine animal, in line with the Nationwide Ocean Service.

The Australian number of the creature has a physique dimension which might attain as much as one foot in diameter and tentacles which might develop as much as 10 ft lengthy.

Massive field jellyfish reminiscent of Chironex have brought on greater than 70 fatalities in Australia, in line with Queensland Well being, which issued a warning following the incident.

“The latest incident at Bamaga is a well timed warning to take precautions when swimming within the sea in any northern waters,” Marlow Coates, Torres and Cape Hospital and Well being Service northern director of medical providers, mentioned in an announcement.

“We’re seeing sightings of each field jellyfish and jellyfish that trigger Irukandji syndrome in our waters,” he mentioned.

Coates mentioned that swimmers ought to put on protecting clothes like lycra fits or wetsuits, and keep out of the water if they didn’t have protecting gear.

Authorities added {that a} main Chironex sting is “instantly and excruciatingly painful” and “must be thought-about life threatening.”

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