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Australian teen recovering from thousands of 'sea lice' bites

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 01:12

An Australian teenager is recovering in hospital after being severely bitten by what researchers believe to be amphipods, a type of sea scavenging crustacean, commonly known as sea lice. Graham Mackay reports.

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All Sam Kanizay did was cool his feet off in the water at Dendy Beach in Melbourne, Australia. By the time he'd hobbled home it was a bloodbath. "By the time I had walked across the sand, about 20 metres, to put my thongs on, I looked down and noticed that I had blood all over my ankles," said the 16-year-old. Thousands of tiny bites were found all over Sam's feet, baffling doctors and nurses at first. But the problem has now been traced to thousands of tiny flesh-eating parasites, normally attracted to decaying meat. Sam's ordeal has been put down to bad luck. Experts say he may have disturbed a group of the bugs feeding on a dead fish. Fortunately, he's now in recovery mode, and has a word of advice for people at his local beach. "Maybe don't go icing your feet there anytime soon," he said.

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Australian teen recovering from thousands of 'sea lice' bites

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 01:12