THE season's first Irukandji sting victim was rescued in the Whitsundays last Thursday.
A 43-year-old Brisbane man was stung on his back while swimming and was in a serious condition when the RACQ-CQ rescue helicopter arrived to treat him at Hayman Island.
There were at least five reports of Irukandji stings in the earlier months of this year.
Last season reported an increase in the number of people stung in the Whitsundays.
There have been two confirmed deaths in Australia of people being stung by Irukandji and these were both in 2002.
Symptoms of being stung by irukandji include severe lower back pain, muscle cramps, vomiting, restlessness and anxiety.
Stinger season in the Whitsundays runs from October through to May.
During this period, jellyfish are prevalent in the waters around the mainland, islands and have occasionally been found out on the reef.
Swimmers are advised to wear stinger suits and take necessary precautions when going in the water.
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