Peter Warrener, of the Queensland Ambulance Service, is warning Mackay swimmers about jellyfish.
Peter Warrener, of the Queensland Ambulance Service, is warning Mackay swimmers about jellyfish.

Summer sparks jellyfish warning

IT'S that time of year again - jellyfish season.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is urging beach-goers to exercise caution this summer, as conditions may increase the presence of deadly marine stingers such as irukandji and box jellyfish.

QAS Central Region assistant commissioner Peter Warrener said people should be alert and aware of the possibility of marine stingers in the water.

"Avoiding contact with marine stingers such as irukandji and box jellyfish means a trip to the beach won't end in excruciating pain or worse," he said.

"Everyone should be aware these stingers are present at this time of year and to be extra careful to stay well away from them.

"Each year, large numbers of beach-goers are treated for stings.

"In less serious cases, they can cause very painful injuries, but in worst cases they can kill."

Mr Warrener said people could reduce the risk of being stung by wearing stinger-proof clothing, such as wetsuits and footwear, when in the water.

For more information, visit www.marinestingers.com.au or to learn first aid call 1300 369 003.



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