Five children hospitalised after jelly stings at Eimeo Beach

February 20, 2023 8:00 am in by

Five children have suffered suspected jelly stings to their hands and feet, at Eimeo Beach.

Paramedics rushed to the scene yesterday morning at around 9.30 and assessed the patients.

All five children were taken to Mackay Hospital in stable conditions, experiencing minor discomfit.

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This comes after several other incidents in the region this stinger season.

Including, an incident at Mackay Harbour on February 12 where two people were hospitalised after being stung.

Life Saving Queensland’s Kai Yeadsley says the best thing you can do to avoid stings, is invest in a stinger suit.

“We have what we call high risk stinger season, which is November to May,” he says.

“Stingers can be found in the water all year round but we do have that heightened season … when we see the water temperature, especially, go above 27 degrees.

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“The stingers we look out for most in North Queensland waters are box jellyfish and irukandji which do have the potential to do serious harm to you.

“Life savers and life guards on the beaches will continue to do drags to sample the water.”


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