Koh Mak and Koh Kood Stings Send A Warning
Reports are starting to come in of an increase in box jellyfish stings on the eastern Gulf of Thailand islands of Koh Mak and Koh Kood.
Over the past week (6 - 13 December 2016) there have been four reported stings requiring hospitalisation. All of the stings have involved tourists.
It is understood that the world's most highly venomous animal, the Chironex box jellyfish, is responsible for the stings.
All visitors should be warned that at the moment you are taking a life or injury-threatening risk by entering the sea to walk in the shallows, swim, snorkel or undertake any beach activity.
Anyone intending on entering the water around Koh Mak and Koh Kood can significantly reduce or eliminate the risk by wearing a full length lycra stinger suit.
Fortunately both islands are well prepared to treat stings due to proper education and training with vinegar available on the beach. Though depending on the severity of the sting, this may not be enough.
Ask the locals if there have been any sightings or stings on their beach - and please take care!