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Australia Jellyfish horror as three children are stung with deadly irukandjis in one afternoon

14:52  17 january  2020
14:52  17 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Irukandji jellyfish (/ˌɪrəˈkændʒi/ IRR-ə-KAN-jee) are any of several similar, extremely venomous species of box jellyfish . With an adult size of about a cubic centimeter (1 cm 3 ), they are both the smallest and one of the most venomous jellyfish in the world.

The Irukandji jellyfish , fish for fish using deadly extendable arms that are covered in venomous stinging cells. As it swims along, this tiny jelly extends

Three children were stung by deadly irukandji jellyfish in Cairns on Friday (stock image) © Provided by Daily Mail Three children were stung by deadly irukandji jellyfish in Cairns on Friday (stock image)

Three children were stung by deadly irukandji jellyfish in Cairns on Friday.

A seven-year-old boy was stung at Kewarra Beach and a five-year-old girl was stung Palm Cove. 

A 16-year-old boy was also stung at Palm Cove but his symptoms did not develop until he was at home.

It is understood all three were stung between 2pm and 6.30pm. They are recovering in Cairns Hospital. 

Irukandji are small jellyfish, about two centimetres in diameter, are difficult to see in the water and can have fatal repercussions.

The symptoms of the sting typically appear between five and 45 minutes after the initial sting and include shooting pains in the muscles, chest and abdomen, vomiting and breathing difficulties. 

They are known to be fatal.

Last week a man was stung by an irukandji at Fitzroy Island in Cairns. 

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