Irukandji jellyfish alert at north west beaches

2 May 2018

People in the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley regions should be aware of Irukandji jellyfish with an increase in sightings between Exmouth and Broome, and people being admitted to hospital after being stung.

People in these areas should use extreme caution in waters along the coastline and avoid swimming after a storm or during on-shore wind.

People stung by Irukandji may not experience symptoms until 30 minutes after the initial sting.

If you or someone in your care is stung, you should pour vinegar on the sting, but do not rub it, and get to a hospital as soon as possible. With immediate treatment, people are usually sent home on the same day.

Irukandji are an extremely venomous type of box jellyfish, which are small, transparent and difficult to see. Their stings can raise blood pressure which can lead to potentially fatal complications, including stroke and cardiac arrest.