Risk of Jellyfish spread to Western and South-western seas
The Marine Environment Protection Authority requests the public to refrain from using the western, south-western and southern coastal areas as far as possible, since the jellyfish population which can cause allergic reaction, have increased in these areas.
Speaking to our news team, General Manager of the authority Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara told our news team that the jellyfish population has increased due to the south-western monsoons creating ideal breeding grounds.
Doctor Pradeep Kumara who is also a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Oceanography and Marine Geology at the Ruhuna University, stated that these organisms use their tentacles with toxic cells to catch prey.
And if someone is exposed to this toxin, they should immediately come ashore, carefully remove the tentacles, wash the wound with vinegar or hot water without wiping it off, and immediately seek medical attention.
Five persons were hospitalized today after coming into contact with the jellyfish while they were bathing in Polhena beach in Matara.
The health authorities took measures today ban visiting and bathing in the coastal area due to this reason.
In addition, the Marine Environment Protection Authority stated that 30 persons have been hospitalized after being exposed to jellyfish toxins, while bathing in the Mount Lavinia coastal area within the last few days.
However, the General Manager of the authority stated that this situation will change within the next two weeks.
In certain occasions, coming into contact with the jellyfish can become fatal to some people.
When our news team enquired Matara MOH Sarath Warusawithana, he stated that symptoms like skin irritation, and red patches on the skin will occur for mild reactions.
However, he added that when the condition gets critical it can lead to breathing difficulties, obstruction in blood circulation or even heart failure.