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Deadly jellyfish - make a note of the Box Jelly Hotline - 1669#

 

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Heath and tourism authorities in the southern islands of Samui and Pangan have announced a box jellyfish hotline: 1669#

Call the number if you are stung and start feeling a stinging and hot sensation.

But be quick - doctors say that the creatures can kill in minutes especially if the victim is unlucky enough to be stung on the genitals, area of the heart or the head.

The season for the creatures is now here and will last through August.

Koh Pangan Hospital issued the first warning a couple of days ago after a sighting at Lamai on Samui. Now the Thai International Hospital on Samui has weighed in with pertinent advice.

But the best news is that nets have been put in the sea at Lamai beach where the first box jellyfish of the season was washed up this week. The local tourism authority are saying swimming within the nets is "100% safe".

Hospital director at Thai International Dunyakit Withayajanyaphong said that tourists who are stung should first of all put as much vinegar on the sting as possible.

On no account rub, wipe or touch the sting - just douse it in copious amounts of vinegar.

Then get to a hospital as quickly as possible. Speed is of the essence as death can occur in 2-10 minutes if the sting is severe enough in vulnerable parts of the body.

Meanwhile Samui tourism rep and a manager at the Lamai Wantha Hotel Kritsana Phromkoh was encouraging tourists to use the 310 meter net that has been set up on Lamai beach.

She said the initiative was a government and private sector effort and anyone swimming inside the net would be 100% protected from jellyfish.

However, she said there was plenty of provision to help those who could not make it to the netted off area.

Medics, lifeguards and staff on jet-skis were all ready to help in the area and were armed with vinegar and know-how.

 

Source: Daily News

 

 

 
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Samui Bodoh    1,485
Posted (edited)

It is good to see that this issue is starting to be taken seriously!

 

I hope other beaches and hotels might follow suit with better information and nets.

 

 

 

 

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impulse    11,627
5 hours ago, rooster59 said:

But be quick - doctors say that the creatures can kill in minutes especially if the victim is unlucky enough to be stung on the genitals,

 

If it's as painful as presented in the media, with no drug strong enough to abate the pain, I think I'd probably beg for euthanasia in that case...

 

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Boss    66

Not good for the splendid Thai image, so don't expect too much spread of the news

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TheLobster    700
18 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Koh Pangan Hospital issued the first warning a couple of days ago after a sighting at Lamai on Samui.

Why is a hospital on KP issuing a warning of a sighting on Samui?

 

Also anyone know why a 310m net makes you '100% safe' ? is it completely enclosed?

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Samui Bodoh    1,485
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13 hours ago, alkazared said:

Any type of vinegar can be used I always have a small bottle in my beach kit. It is the acetic acid in vinegar that neutralizes the jellyfish sting.Do not try to rub it in or get the tentacles of you as this causes them to trigger more stings after treating with vinegar get the tentacles off with a credit type card to scrape them off.

 

The idea of NOT rubbing the sting seems to be a key element in my reading of available information. I think the temptation would be great, but it would only make it worse. Soak in as much vinegar as possible, then grit your teeth and suck up the pain.

 

And a quick trip to the hospital might be in order as well...

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Samui Bodoh    1,485
7 hours ago, TheLobster said:

Why is a hospital on KP issuing a warning of a sighting on Samui?

 

The islands are close enough that if there are box jelly fish at one of them, then there are box jelly fish at both.

 

And I remember a terrible story from a few years back where a four year old boy was killed playing in the surf at Koh Phangnam.

 

The warning(s) should have been issued long before now.

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quadperfect    339

Be quick to hospital cause in 2 to 10 minutes you can die. So run people dont walk? What are  these idiots saying? vinagar wont save youre life. You either die or you dont. Vinager helps w pain only. The sting is already happened.

A perfectly maintained net is 100 percent safe but in thailand i give it a lot less than 100 percent and thats just common knowledge.

People will die here from stings this year that i do know 100 percent.

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tryasimight    292
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33 minutes ago, quadperfect said:

Be quick to hospital cause in 2 to 10 minutes you can die. So run people dont walk? What are  these idiots saying? vinagar wont save youre life. You either die or you dont. Vinager helps w pain only. The sting is already happened.

A perfectly maintained net is 100 percent safe but in thailand i give it a lot less than 100 percent and thats just common knowledge.

People will die here from stings this year that i do know 100 percent.

Box jellyfish are very different to what most of the European posters on TV may be used to. They can , and do kill.

Vinegar does nothing, absolutely nothing for the pain. It is supposed to stop the broken off tentacles from continuing to 'fire' although this is being challenged by some scientists. A few years ago methylated sprits was the recommended treatment until the vinegar treatment was promoted.

Good chance if you have been stung severely you won't be running anywhere. Typically what happens is that after the initial sting, the victim flails around trying to dislodged the threat and in doing so becomes even more envenomed.  Death can follow quite quickly. 

The photo shows a box jellyfish sting outcome. the youngster passed away sadly 

 

Interesting the original article mentioned being stung on the genitals.........I'm not that adventurous in the ocean and wear shorts.

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hhinhh    67

Make sure you are swimming only in an area from where you can reach a hospital in 2 minutes.

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TheLobster    700
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15 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

The islands are close enough that if there are box jelly fish at one of them, then there are box jelly fish at both.

Yes, Of course I know that KPG is close to Samui, I see it across the water most days! That doesn't answer the question.

 

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Koh Pangan Hospital issued the first warning a couple of days ago after a sighting at Lamai on Samui

 

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