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The Surat Thaini governor has ordered urgent action to protect tourists after deadly box jellyfish that can kill in two minutes were found at Koh Phangan.
A research institute found 25 deadly jellyfish of the variety Chironex Indrasaksajiae in the area of Ao Chaloke Lam bay.
Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto acted after the find last week demanding that signage go up warning tourists about the danger. Supplies of vinegar for first aid have also been put on the area’s beaches.
Doctors quoted by TNA said that the signage had gone up at Had Rin where the Full Moon Party is held each month. The event attracts many foreigners who take dips in the sea.
A net has also gone into the sea at Had Rin, the media said.
Doctors advise that anyone stung by this jellyfish should bathe the area for 30 seconds in vinegar. Under no circumstances use fresh water to wash the sting.
Seek medical attention immediately.
Medical teams are prepared for this eventuality.
This relatively newly discovered variety of jellyfish is named after a queen consort of Rama 6, King Vajiravudh, according to thaiboxjellyfish.blogspot.com.