A big beast
Found in the coastal waters of northern Australia, Queensland in western Australia and in the waters of the Philippines, the jellyfish box is extremely dangerous. They do not limit themselves to float, they can actively swim, gaining speed of 7.5 kilometers the hour when hunting. They feed on shallow water, mainly fish and shrimp.
There are two types of jellyfish box, the Irukandji, which is small and the Chironex fleckery, which is about three meters long. "We have studied the greatest, the truest and the most terrifying," said Associate Professor Neely. "Our drug works to the great beast. We still do not know if it works with other jellyfish, but we know it works in the most deadly way."
The poison used in the study was collected from a box of jellyfish in the waters of Cairns by associate professor Jamie Seymour at James Cook University.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the only current treatment for a bite is to ruin the area with vinegar for 30 seconds or run very hot water for the affected area for 20 minutes. If it is an important bite, a continuous CPR is needed to maintain the heartbeat.
"Our antidote is a drug that blocks the poison," said Associate Professor Neely. "We need to put it in place in 15 minutes. In our study, we injected it. But the plan would be a spray or a topical cream. The argument against a cream is when it has been chopped, it leaves very little of punctures to you, so that if the cream is rubbed, maybe it is more poisonous. But, if it roars, it could neutralize what is left out of the body. "
Associate professor Neely and his team are looking for potential partners to work to make medicine available to the public.