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Offbeat Jellyfish stings cause hundreds of Florida beachgoers to be treated

01:00  14 june  2018
01:00  14 june  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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More than 1,000 beachgoers in Florida have been treated for jellyfish stings since Saturday, officials said. (iStock). Overall, 1,193 people have been treated for jellyfish stings , Tammy Malphurs, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told Fox News on Wednesday.

Jellyfish sting hundreds in Florida oceans according to reports this week. Over 400 people reported being stung by jellyfish at several Florida beaches over the weekend. Lifeguards treated the stings with vinegar, a common cure that takes the burning sensation away.

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More than 1,000 beachgoers in Florida have been treated for jellyfish stings since Saturday, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said.

Overall, 1,193 people have been treated for jellyfish stings, Tammy Malphurs, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told Fox News on Wednesday.

So far, none of the stings have been life-threatening.

“Jellyfish are common along the coast; with them being brought ashore at different times throughout the year by the wind and ocean currents. Combine that with very large crowds flocking to the beach due to the great weather, [there are] a  lot of people in the water,” she said.

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Attractions Insider. Florida on a Tankful. - Hundreds of beachgoers were stung by jellyfish on Volusia County beaches over the weekend, with more than another hundred being treated for stings Monday.

Jellyfish sting hundreds at Florida beaches over the weekend, and beach goers are growing concerned for their safety in the seas. On Sunday, an additional 184 beach goers in New Smyrna Beach were also treated for stings . On Sunday as well, when the number of stingers decreased, it

In this case, Moon jellyfish are largely to blame for the stings.

If stung, Malphurs suggested that the victim “exit the water and flag down a lifeguard truck or go to a staffed tower.”

“Jellyfish stings can be painful and a lifeguard can rinse the area with vinegar, which is a common treatment. It is important to not rub the area, which can make it worse,” she added. The Mayo Clinic also suggests soaking irritated area in hot water and for victims to “Carefully pluck visible tentacles with a fine tweezers.”

While jellyfish stings are painful, any pain will typically subside within a few minutes, Malphurs said.

Lifeguards treated 107 people for stings on Saturday, while 523 were treated on Sunday. On Monday an additional 180 required assistance for the stings. Tuesday brought an additional 190, with 193 treated on Wednesday.

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