Hundreds stung by jellyfish over Memorial Day weekend

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Approximately 475 people were strung by jellyfish and Portuguese man o’wars — also called bluebottles — over Memorial Day weekend, officials said. The number represents a staggering increase from about 275 stings reported the previous week. Many of the stings were treated by the Cameron County Beach Patrol. An ocean current is blamed for the increase in stings which drew the jellyfish towards the shore.

The stings, while painful, are rarely life-threatening. Officials offered a bit of advice if a swimmer is able to identify the transparent culprit. Applying heat is recommended for man o’ war stings while rinsing with saltwater or applying a paste made of baking soda and vinegar is recommended for jellyfish stings.

When by the water, watch out for blue and purple flags planted by the Beach Patrol to warn swimmers about the jellyfish in the area.

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