Five jellyfish sting cases in two days at Bukit Keluang beach


JERTIH: The Terengganu Health Department recorded five cases of jellyfish stings involving four children aged four to 12 years and a man at Pantai Bukit Keluang here on Friday and Saturday.

Its director, Datuk Dr Kasemani Embong, said all victims, including a 33-year-old man who received treatment at the Emergency and Trauma Department of Besut Hospital, were stung by jellyfish believed to be of the Physalia Physalis species, also known as the “Portuguese Man of War”.

“All five patients were visitors to Pantai Bukit Keluang and received treatment when they experienced pain and redness in the affected areas of the body.

“The victims, including the children, were treated in the green zone and all were found to have local reactions in the areas of the fingers and wrists. All patients returned home after their conditions were stable,” he said when contacted by Bernama yesterday.

“Holidaymakers at recreational beaches are advised not to swim or play in areas where these dangerous jellyfish are found.

“If stung by an unknown species of jellyfish, the public is advised to use hot water with a temperature range of 45ºC for 30 minutes to relieve pain and immediately visit nearby health facilities,” he said.

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