Woman stung by Irukandji jellyfish in Whitsundays

UPDATE: IT is believed that 55-year-old woman who was swimming at Bauer Bay at South Molle Island in the Whitsundays was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish. 

The woman remains in a stable condition and is being treated at the Proserpine Hospital. 

Visitors to the area are warned that it is currently stinger season and to take precautions when swimming in the region's waters. 

If you are stung by an Irukandji jellyfish, the sting is not immediate and may appear 5 to 45 minutes after the initial sting. 

A number of species of Irukandji jellyfish are currently known. The Irukandji jellyfish is a small jellyfish approximately two centimetres in diameter, making it difficult for swimmers to notice in the water. 

Irukandji jellyfish are most likely found in tropical Australian waters from November to May.

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • severe backache or headache
  • shooting pains in their muscles, chest and abdomen
  • nausea
  • anxiety
  • restlessness
  • vomiting
  • breathing difficulties

Management of Irukandji jellyfish stings

  • Carefully remove the casualty from the water.
  • Avoid rubbing the sting area.
  • Immediately douse the sting area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds.
  • If vinegar is not available, carefully remove tentacles off skin and rinse well with seawater.
  • Call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance immediately.
  • Regularly monitor and record the casualty's pulse and breathing.
  • Begin resuscitation if necessary

SOURCE: ambulance.qld.gov.au

A tiny but fully grown deadly Irukandji jellyfish is placed next to match sticks to provide a size comparison in this photo taken at James Cook University in Cairns.
A tiny but fully grown deadly Irukandji jellyfish is placed next to match sticks to provide a size comparison in this photo taken at James Cook University in Cairns. Brian Cassey

THURSDAY 11.32am:

THE 55-year-old woman who was stung by a jellyfish in the Whitsundays is in a stable condition. 

A QAS spokeswoman said the woman was transported by boat and then by vehicle to the Proserpine Hospital.

The woman is in a stable condition.  

 

THURSDAY 8.13am:

AMBULANCE crews are currently on scene at South Molle Island tending to a jellyfish sting.

It is believed a 55-year-old woman was on a vessel when she was stung on the chest and abdomen by a jellyfish at Bauer Bay at about 7.25am.

It is still unknown what type of jellyfish or what condition the woman is in.



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