Lethal jellyfish are responsible for deaths and injuries in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and widely throughout South-East Asia. Officially acknowledged by the Thai government in November 2008, action is now being taken to formally improve prevention and treatment though proper precautions need to be taken. Here is accurate information on safety, treatment and follow up procedures about the world's most venomous animal. Dedicated to Moa Bergman (02/03/97 - 03/04/08).
A 9 year old Swedish girl is lucky to be alive after receiving serious stings from what is understood to be a Chironex-type Box Jellyfish. Holidaying with family on the Gulf island of Koh Mak located in the Koh Chang group in Trat province, Ida Rosenberg according to reports in ScandAsia, Aftonbladet and Phuketwan was splashing around close to shore when her parents who were snorkelling heard her agonizing screams.
A Swedish fireman acted quickly bringing Ida to shore, removing long thread noodle-like tentacles (not recommended but a natural instinct) and calling for vinegar. The girl was quickly unconscious and suffered cardiac arrest due to the highly toxic venom. The fireman, Anders Brunzell, kept working with CPR while the vinegar was applied and Ida regained consciousness. She was taken by boat to Trat hospital and is now well having survived her near-fatal ordeal but has sustained severe scarring on her leg.
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