By Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Writer
The deadly box jellyfish is back in Sabahan waters and parents should take this as a precaution to steer clear from beaches at this time.
According to a recent news report from The Star, out of the six people who were stung, one proved fatal for a seven-year-old child from Kota Belud.
The Borneo Marine Research Institute in University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has alerted that the current dry heat weather has caused the box jellyfishes to proliferate until June of this year.
UMS Assoc Professor, Dr. BA Venmathi Maran has notified that the box jellyfishes are to be found close to Tanjung Aru and Kota Belud beaches.
“Swimmers and beachgoers should be careful of this deadly jellyfish. They are dangerous and can kill those stung by it if no immediate medical attention is given,” he added, “as such, there is a high chance that swimmers would be unaware of their presence until they are stung,” he said.
This highly fatal box jellyfishes can cause death in humans within several minutes. This is linked to the number of tentacles that’s touched the human body and the duration of which it has made contact.
There have been cases of victims dying within five minutes.
Currently, there are two jellyfishes familiar to Sabahan beaches, the Chironex yamaguchii and Chironex indrasaksajiae.
Both are lethal.
Assoc Prof Dr. Ahmad Khaldun Ismail, Malaysian Society on Toxinology president and Remote Envenomation Consultancy Services consultant advised swimmers should not remove the tentacles with their hands or wet sand after being stung as this could cause the jellyfish to discharge and release more venom into the body.
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This article was extracted from The Star Online and can be found at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/22/deadly-jellyfish-in-sabah-waters
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