Jellyfish sting lands victim in hospital

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser
A sting from the caurukia shinju (pictured)can lead to the debilatating irukandji syndrome.
Camera IconA sting from the caurukia shinju (pictured)can lead to the debilatating irukandji syndrome. Credit: Lisa Gershwin.

A popular beach in Broome has been closed to swimmers for 24 hours following a confirmed irukandji jellyfish sting.

The female victim attended Broome Regional Hospital last night after swimming at Town Beach that afternoon.

The beach was closed to swimming this morning and will remain so for 24 hours. Warning signs will be in place for a further 72 hours after re-opening.

Shire of Broome Manager Health, Emergency and Ranger Services, Ty Matson, said the incident reinforced the need for taking precautions when entering the water for any reason.

“People should always be cautious when swimming, fishing in the water or launching boats, and take precautions including wearing stinger suits and carrying vinegar,” Mr Matson said.

“Stings are most commonly recorded between November and May, but have been recorded in all months of the year.”

More information on stingers and protection is available at the Shire of Broome website at www.broome.wa.gov.au/Facilities-Recreation/Beaches/Tropical-Marine-Jellyfish

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