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Irukandji jellyfish caught in waters off Fraser Island

Applies until 31 January 2020.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) have confirmed a potentially dangerous Irukandji jellyfish has been caught during a drag conducted by surf lifesavers at Arch Cliff on Fraser Island (January 7). Visitors to K'gari are advised to avoid swimming on the western side of the island while conditions remain hot and humid and take vinegar as an extra precaution. Children should also be supervised closely and avoid touching any marine creatures washed up on the beach.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers will continue to work alongside SLSQ by notifying campers and visitors to the area.

If stung by a suspected Irukandji jellyfish;

  1. Remove casualty from the water if safe to do so
  2. Treat using DRSABCD first aid method
  3. Call for help – dial triple zero (000) for medical assistance
  4. Promptly administer CPR if required
  5. Treat the sting – douse the area liberally with vinegar for at least 30 seconds
  6. Monitor the casualty and seek further medical assistance if available

Note: Because the symptoms of Irukandji Syndrome may take time to appear following a sting, all tropical jellyfish stings should be doused with vinegar and the casualty should remain out of the water, in a safe location with someone to monitor them, for at least 45 minutes, as the casualty may appear stable initially before the onset of symptoms.

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Last updated
10 January 2020