Jellyfish alert issued
after 70 people stung

Star-Bulletin staff

The city has issued a box jellyfish advisory for tomorrow at Oahu beaches.

Lifeguards treated 50 people for box jellyfish stings at Ala Moana and 20 people in Waikiki yesterday as a heavier than normal influx of the stinging creatures arrived on South Shore beaches.

None of the stings were serious. Lifeguards treat the stings with vinegar and apply ice or a heat pad for pain management.

The jellyfish influx occurs about once a month, 10 days after the full moon.

Commonly affected areas are Waikiki beaches and the Ala Moana Beach Park swimming channel. Other affected areas are Hanauma Bay and North and West Shore beaches such as Waimea Bay, Sunset, Ehukai, Pokai Bay, Maile Beach and Makaha.

Lifeguards may post signs if warranted. Treatment includes flushing the sting with white vinegar. For more information, call Ocean Safety at 922-3888, ext. 29.

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