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Med J Aust. 2002 Oct 7;177(7):362-3.

Fatal envenomation by jellyfish causing Irukandji syndrome.

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  • 1School of Medicine, James Cook University, PO Box 3080, North Mackay, QLD 4740, Australia.


We report the first of two recent deaths from Irukandji syndrome. A 58-year-old male tourist was stung on the face and chest by an unidentified jellyfish in shallow water off the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland. He developed muscle cramps, sweating, anxiety, nausea and hypertension, and died 30 hours later from intracerebral haemorrhage.

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