Jellyfish Stung More Than 800 People in Florida in One Weekend — Here's What to Do If It Happens to You
More than 800 people were treated over the last weekend for jellyfish stings received at beaches in central Florida, namely in Volusia County, including Daytona Beach. Lifeguards treated 107 jellyfish stings on Saturday alone, CNN reported.
ABC News had the number of reported stings as high as 1,200.
The area's population of moon jellyfish, while beautiful, can irritate skin, causing itching and pain. University of Florida Health recommends getting immediate medical attention if you are stung by one.
What to Do If You're Stung by a Jellyfish:
If you are stung, Weather.com says you should rinse the sting thoroughly with vinegar or ocean water for 30 seconds, protect the infected area, avoid rubbing or putting pressure on the sting, soak it in hot tap water (about 107 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 to 40 minutes, and apply an antihistamine or steroid cream.
How to Spot a Moon Jellyfish:
You can spot a moon jellyfish by identifying its purple or pink-ish flower shape with four “petals” in the center of its body.
Tammy Malphurs, spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told CNN the stings were not a record high for the area, but were higher than usual.
Purple flags, noting dangerous marine life, have been put up on many Florida beaches to warn people about the jellyfish.