Survivor Langkawi Contestant Stung by Irukandji
A Swedish production of Survivor, the very-long-running TV series of marooned modern-day mercenaries, has been shutdown at the Langkawi beach site of a severe though non fatal box jellyfish sting.
A female contestant on the series was stung when a large number of Irukandji jellyfish entered the beach area during some inclement weather. Highlighted in the Langkawi Gazette (http://www.langkawi-gazette.com/langkawi-news/1159-the-survivors-after-being-hit-by-dengue-fever-now-stung-by-jellyfish), the victim was stung on the leg and showed the classic symptoms of Irukandji Syndrome including extreme pain with muscle cramps, aching, sweating, nausea and excrutiating skin. A doctor who attended the patient believes that morphine would have been used if available.
Days later the victim is still suffering. The Syndrome is meant to cause further severe pain at around the 2 week mark and many victims speak of ongoing aches and pains for years to come.
There have been instances of Irukandji Syndrome reported in the SE Asia region though general consensus is that local authorities know nothing of it, medical facilities cannot diagnose it and no-one knows how to treat it. It is believed that victims are usually treated for viruses and other ailments then discharged without anyone raising an eyebrow.
This from Wikipedia: "Irukandji syndrome includes an array of systemic symptoms including severe headache, backache, muscle pains, chest and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, sweating, anxiety, hypertension, tachycardia and pulmonary edema. One unusual symptom associated with Irukandji syndrome is a feeling of "impending doom". Patients have been reported as being so certain that they are going to die that they beg their doctors to kill them to get it over with. Symptoms generally abate in 4 to 30 hours, but may take up to two weeks to resolve completely....The severity of the pain from an Irukandji jellyfish sting is apparent in the 2005 Discovery Channel documentary Killer Jellyfish about Carukia barnesi, when two Australian researchers (Jamie Seymour and Teresa Carrette) are stung. Even under the "maximum dose of morphine," Teresa remarked that she "wished she could rip her skin off," and is later seen writhing uncontrollably from the pain while lying on her hospital bed."
Note that the Langkawi Irukandji was not tiny like Carukia barnesi but another bigger unidentified species.
Perhaps when celebrating the survival of the Survivor victim, the cast and crew could dress up in their finest stinger suits and crack a few bottles of vinegar - but that would look silly not macho and sexy, wouldn't it.
Wear suits and carry vinegar! The tribe has spoken.