MORE IRUKANDJI STINGS
AFTER a stinger-free start to summer the potentially deadly irukandji are making their presence known.
The latest victim was a 21year-old woman who was transferred from Hamilton Island on Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday afternoon she was in a stable condition at the Mackay Base Hospital and is the fifth victim of irukandji to be treated this season.
A 10-year-old boy who was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital on Monday via the RACQ CQ helicopter was released from hospital yesterday.
Last Saturday a 21-year-old Proserpine man was admitted to Proserpine Hospital after suffering an irukandji sting.
After an overnight stay he was released on Sunday morning.
Last Friday another two people were admitted to the Mackay Base Hospital via RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter, also suffering from the potentially deadly and painful irukandji stings.
The first was a 27-year-old man who was stung on the back while snorkelling off Hayman Island and later that day a seven-year-old girl was airlifted from Whitehaven Beach.
An RACQ CQ Rescue spokeswoman said from November to May was the high risk season for irukandji, which were prevalent in the waters around the mainland, islands and even out on the reef.
Last Wednesday a 12-yearold boy was attended to by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics after receiv- ing a suspected irukandji sting.
The boy was swimming in waters off Hamilton Island and 30 minutes after exiting the water he exhibited symptoms similar to that of an irukandji sting on the upper left thigh.
He was taken in a stable condition to Hamilton Island Medical Centre.
Winds from the north can cause an increase in irukandji numbers in the Whitsundays, though northerly winds haven’t been blowing recently.
POTENTIALLY DEADLY: The irukandji jellyfish has been responsible for numerous hospitalisations this week.