Parents, be one the lookout: Deadly jellyfish leaves one child dead

By Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Writer 

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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.

Did You Know?

  • Box jellies also called sea wasps and marine stingers, live primarily in coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific.
  • They are pale blue and transparent in color and get their name from the cube-like shape of their bell.
  • Their venom is considered to be among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells.
  • It is so overpoweringly painful, human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore.
  • Survivors can experience considerable pain for weeks and often have significant scarring where the tentacles made contact.
Image Source: The Star Online

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

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. At Parents Avenue, we strongly recommend all our readers to seek medical advise from your local hospital or clinic. Thank you. 

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