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Swedish girl dies from jellyfish sting

Published: 3 Apr 08 11:53 CET

A Swedish girl died on Thursday morning in a swimming accident on the tourist island of Koh Lanta in Thailand.

The girl went into anaphylactic shock--a severe allergic reaction--after being stung by a jellyfish,” said a nurse to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The 10-year-old girl was swimming in the waters off of Klong Dao Beach when she was stung by the jellyfish.

She suffered a quick, hypersensitive reaction and was taken to hospital where doctors worked for an hour and a half but couldn’t save the girl’s life.

Koh Lanta is a popular tourist destination for many Swedes.

TT/The Local

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Sounds like the Box Jellyfish are the dangerous ones round here...described as possibly the most toxic creature on earth!>>>

Dangerous Jellyfish:

Box Jelly [Chironex fleckeri and 20 near relatives] is found off the shores of Northern Australia, PNG, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. This marine animal has a boxy bell head the size of a basket ball and three metre tentacles that can kill a man in a couple of minutes, though there are recent reports of much smaller Box jellies that are just as deadly.

It has 3 million stinging cells every centimtre of its tentacles!

The Box jelly is responsible for at least one death a year around Australia and has killed 67 people since records began in 1883, though the total is misleading since many deaths attributed to heart attacks or drowning could have been caused by toxic jellies.

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The Box Jellyfish is mostly a problem from October - May.

Symptoms:- severe pain

- headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea

- skin swelling/wounds/redness

- difficulty breathing, swallowing and speech

- shivering, sweating

- irregular pulse/heart failure

This is what you are likely to look like if you get stung by one>>>

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Stings treatment:

- pour vinegar over tentacles. Urine does not work on the Box Jelly or Irukandji.

- lift off any tentacles with a stick or similar.

- use pressure-immobilisation on limbs if possible. i.e. quickly wrap a light bandage above and below the sting [if you can't get two fingers under the bandage, it's too tight].

- Immobilize/splint the stung area and keep it at heart level [gravity-neutral] if possible. Too high causes venom to travel to the heart, too low causes more swelling.

- Do not drink alcohol, or take any medicine or food.

- get medical treatment urgently or apply antivenom if available.

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Does not mention it was a box jelly ( maybe she is hypersensitive ). My Mrs is sensitive to stuff in the water, and looked like she had a severe bout of Small Pox after a dive trip.

Box Jellies are not common around here, but i have know people to get hit by some with hospitalization as a result.

RIP & condolances to family , 10 years is very young indeed.

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Yep, some things just don't seem right do they. You know it's a shitty world full of tragic accidents, but a ten year old girl, killed by a jellyfish whilst swimming, it's just not fair is it. The family have to live with that forever now, what a bloody shame. :o

Condolences to the family.

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While box jellyfish are not common in Thailand waters they do exist and are an ever present danger. My 4 year old son was stung by a box jellyfish on Ko Mak in December 2007. His breathing and heart stopped. After a few minutes he came back to life - no-one is sure why seeing he had received such massive envenomation. He was lucky. Anaphylactic shock is not uncommon and allergic reactions to bees and peanuts and a heap of other things are not as rare as many people think. I understand that allergic reactions of this nature to a box jellyfish sting is not a surprising occurrence. Some experts in Australia believe the problem in Thailand is only going to get worse - more pollution and nutrients in the warmer/warming water increases food for box jellyfish that increases box jellyfish survival and numbers (3 month life span of 1 jellyfish produces up to 1,000,000 offspring - each mature jelly carries enough toxin to kill 60 people - scary horror movie stuff in one respect but the facts tell the story). As more tourists venture futher afield in search of that peaceful, untouristed paradise they could inadvertantly be heading straight into box jellyfish territory. This is a sad situation and I really feel for the family, friends and all who are associated with this poor young girl.

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My wife heard about this from her friend on Koh Lanta not exactly sure how it happened apparently the girl was floating on one of those air mattresses at the time. Very sad.

These jellyfish are huge about 2ft in diameter. On visits to Lanta I have seen them swimming from the ferry and also dead ones while walking on the beach. Always made me wary of swimming there as a mouthful of that doesn’t bare thinking about.

“stingertale” I feel for you, impossible to imagine your the anguish at the time.

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These jellyfish are huge about 2ft in diameter. On visits to Lanta I have seen them swimming from the ferry and also dead ones while walking on the beach. Always made me wary of swimming there as a mouthful of that doesn’t bare thinking about.

Box "jellyfish" vary in size, with some being very small, and mostly translucent. The tentacles, however, may be 2-3 meters in length. This makes it very hard, almost impossible, to see while in the water. They are common in many areas of Australia during certain times of the year, but are found in varying degrees in all tropical seas. Many of them are extremely dangerous but are not often seen while engaging in water sports until one has been stung.

I had a diver friend whose sister was stung by a box jelly while diving of Ko Samui. She lived but has permanent scarifications on her legs.

Here is Wikipedia's description of them:

Box jellyfish are invertebrates belonging to the class Cubozoa, named for their cube-shaped medusae. Contrary to their name, box jellyfish are not actually jellyfish at all; the Cubozoans are a separate category of animal from true jellyfish; Scyphozoans. Likewise, the best-known species of Box Jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, while sometimes simply called "the Box Jellyfish", is only one species of the category which actually contains about 19 different species. The name sea wasp is also applied to some species of cubozoans, including the afterforementioned Chironex fleckeri and Carybdea alata. Box jellies can be found in Australia, the Philippines, Hawaii[1], Vietnam, and many other tropical areas. They are also found in Perth W.A. Box jellyfish are extremely venomous and can kill.

Box Jellyfish are best known for the extremely powerful venom possessed by some of their species. The Chironex fleckeri and the Carukia barnesi (Irukandji) species are amongst the most venomous creatures in the world. Stings from such species are excrutiatingly painful, either initially or as an after-effect, and are often fatal. However not all species of Box Jellyfish are this dangerous to humans.

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Very unfortunate. My condolences to the family.

For those wanting to reduce the risk of a jellyfish sting .......

(Wikipedia). Pantyhose, or tights, were once worn by Australian lifeguards to prevent stings. These have now been replaced by lycra stinger suits.

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For those wanting to reduce the risk of a jellyfish sting .......

(Wikipedia). Pantyhose, or tights, were once worn by Australian lifeguards to prevent stings. These have now been replaced by lycra stinger suits.

lycra-stinger-swim-suits-with-hoods-and-gloves.270x170.jpg

Oh...I thought that was a picture of those new Muslim lady lifeguard swimsuits :o I see where I was wrong, the faces are still visible!

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Here is Wikipedia's description of them:

Box jellyfish are invertebrates belonging to the class Cubozoa, named for their cube-shaped medusae. Contrary to their name, box jellyfish are not actually jellyfish at all; the Cubozoans are a separate category of animal from true jellyfish; Scyphozoans. Likewise, the best-known species of Box Jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, while sometimes simply called "the Box Jellyfish", is only one species of the category which actually contains about 19 different species. The name sea wasp is also applied to some species of cubozoans, including the afterforementioned Chironex fleckeri and Carybdea alata. Box jellies can be found in Australia, the Philippines, Hawaii[1], Vietnam, and many other tropical areas. They are also found in Perth W.A. Box jellyfish are extremely venomous and can kill.

I guess Wikipedia is not the all knowing guide many think.

The deadly, venemous Box Jellies are not found in Perth. They are a tropical (warm water) species and only found in far northern WA, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

There are occasional plagues of Bluebottle jellies on Perth beaches, and their stings can be painful, but not fatal.

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