Latest News:  
Beijing   Thundershower/Overcast    29 / 23 ℃  City Forecast

English>>China Society

Swimmers told to avoid jellyfish after tragedy

By Zheng Jinran and Liu Ce (China Daily)

08:23, August 09, 2012

Woman who was stung died after serious allergic reaction

Ocean swimmers have been urged to avoid jellyfish following the death of a woman who was stung by one last month.

On July 26, the 47-year-old woman traveled to Beidaihe resort in North China's Hebei province to celebrate her daughter's graduation from a university. The next day, the woman and a friend were stung on the beach.

"She was fine just after being stung. Friends used white alum to treat her and then rushed her to a local hospital," Liaoshen Evening News quoted one of the woman's friends as saying. "But her condition suddenly deteriorated and she died in the hospital on July 28."

The newspaper did not give the woman's name.

The hospital confirmed that acute lung edema and serious allergic reaction caused her death.

An employee surnamed Sun from the Dongshan Hotel in Beidaihe, where the woman stayed, said the hotel would compensate the deceased's family and her friend, who was also stung. Sun said the compensation sum will be determined by a court.

"It's quite common to see jellyfish sting tourists, especially in July and August, which is the breeding season for the fish," said Wen Ming, an official from the local authority in charge of public beaches.

A total of 33 signs are erected on the public and private beaches in Beidaihe, warning people not to touch jellyfish.

"We also send people to hunt the jellyfish in the morning, because they appear near the beach when the weather is cool," Wen said.

Doctors warned people against touching jellyfish.

"If you are stung by jellyfish, do not rinse with fresh water. You can use alkaline lotion, such as seawater, alcohol and soapy water, to flush or apply to the wound," said Cheng Yanfeng, a dermatologist at Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University.

"If there is a severe allergic reaction, such as chest problems and dizziness, go to the hospital as soon as possible," he said.

"Besides jellyfish, people may also be bitten by sea anemone, but this is very rare," he said.

Jellyfish are usually seen along China's coastal waters, including the Yellow and Bohai seas as well as the northern part of the East China Sea.

Warning:Products to be careful of News we recommend

Fly found in Wang Zai milk Who responsible for Apple's standard ?  Amway vitamin C short in weight
Infants' drinking cups fail inspection  TwoBebes infant formula contaminated Cockroaches in box of Carrefour's drinking
Apple, how can you forgive yourself Porsche to recall 72 Panamera in China Hyundai recalls 222,000  vehicles

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:梁军、马茜)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Jet fighters: From J-5 to J-10

  2. Volcano erupts on New Zealand's North Island

  3. China has entered an era of low consumer prices

  4. Puppets battle it out on London stage

  5. Super disasters that can destroy human society

  6. Polar bears play in zoo in Wuhan

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Who compels Annan to resign?
  2. How can Japan get rid of sense of frustration?
  3. Review on China's economic situation in first half
  4. Gaza Strip biggest loser of insecurity in Sinai
  5. Editorial: Test for Budget Law
  6. Why U.S. veteran go on shooting rampage?
  7. Officials, you are not above the people
  8. Editorial: Avoid big stimulus plan
  9. At a development crossroads
  10. Clinton visit won't affect China-Africa ties

What's happening in China

Man throws pet dog from 18th floor

  1. Most stores close after crackdown rumors
  2. Migrant children more likely to miss out on school
  3. Attitude toward sex, pregnancy changing
  4. Passengers rush onto tarmac after flight delay
  5. Accidents in mines covered up in July

China Features

  1. Why Hollywood favores China's actresses?
  2. Dongfeng Honda to recall 76,000 CR-Vs
  3. How to protect yourself during heavy rainstorms?
  4. Are synthetic drugs toxic?
  5. Amway vitamin C tablets short in weight

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai