HUNDREDS STUNG BY BLUEBOTTLES ON THE GOLD COAST

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Almost 500 people were treated for bluebottle stings on the Gold Coast over the weekend, as north easterly winds brought an influx of the jellyfish to the region’s coastline.

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A number of beaches were closed, with 476 people seeking medical assistance after being stung.

Several people also required treatment from paramedics, after they suffered anaphylactic shock.

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Surf Life Saving Queensland said that if stung, remove stingers, take a very hot shower and apply ice.

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