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Tourists urged to take care swimming after boy dies from box jellyfish sting in Thailand

Hotels have been told to prepare emergency kits for jellyfish stings.

AUTHORITIES HAVE URGED tourists to the popular Thai resort island of Koh Phangan to take care when swimming after a five-year-old French boy died from a sting by the world’s most toxic jellyfish.

The boy, who was holidaying with his family, died on Saturday evening after he was stung by a box jellyfish — regarded as one of the deadliest creatures on earth.

While stings from the species are rare, they are potentially fatal, prompting police on Koh Phangan to urge hotels and local authorities to warn tourists to be careful in the water.


“Preliminary tests found the boy died of a box jellyfish sting,” Police Lieutenant Saengroj Somrotrat told AFP, adding his body was awaiting repatriation to France.

“We have asked them (hotels and resorts) to help warn people and prepare emergency kits if people come into contact with the jellyfish,” he said.

Phangan, in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Samui, is home to the hedonistic full-moon beach party, which draws hordes of mainly young backpackers from across the world.

The box jellyfish has trailing tentacles two to three metres long that can pack a lethal sting for swimmers. It feeds on small fish and crustaceans.

Saengroj said the season for box jellyfish will run until the end of October.

Irish waters

People swimming in Irish waters have been warned this summer to remain vigilant when in the sea, after multiple sightings of lion’s mane jellyfish on the east and west coasts of Ireland.

The lion’s mane jellyfish is a venomous jellyfish on a par with the box jellyfish.

A young girl in Cork was rushed to hospital this summer after going into anaphylactic shock after a severe jellyfish sting, believed to be from a lion’s mane jellyfish.

© – AFP 2014

Additional reporting Christina Finn 

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