Found in the coastal waters of northern Australia, from Queensland to Western Australia and in the waters around the Philippines, box jellyfish are extremely dangerous. They do not just swim, they swim actively, picking up speed of 7.5 kilometers per hour, when they hunt. They feed in shallow water, mainly small fish and shrimp.
There are two types of box jellyfish in the Irukandji, that tiny, and Chironex fleckeri, which is about three meters. "We looked at the biggest, most wicked and terrible one," said Associate Professor Nili. "Our drug works on the big beast. We do not know when it is working on other jellyfish, but we know that it works for the most deadly one. "
The poison used in the study was collected from a box jellyfish off Cairns Associate Professor Jamie Seymour water at the University of James Cook.
Experience shows only current treatment with a & # bite 39 is a pouring region with vinegar for 30 seconds or runs very hot water to the affected area for 20 minutes. If this large sting SLRY continuous need to keep the heart beating.
"Our antidote to the drug, which blocks the poison," said Associate Professor Neal. "You have to get it in place for 15 minutes. In our study, we introduced it. But this plan will be a spray or topical creams. The argument against the cream, if you touched it leaves a lot of little sting you, so if you rub the cream on him may be squeezing more venom you. But if you spray, it can neutralize what remains outside your body. "
Associate Professor Neely and his team are currently looking for potential partners to work on making drugs available to the public.