2 children stung by Portuguese man-of-war on Fire Island

Officials are warning swimmers after two children were stung by a Portuguese man-of-war on Fire Island beaches. Purple flags are flying at Islip Town beaches

Purple flags are now flying at Islip Town beaches to warn beachgoers.

Purple flags are now flying at Islip Town beaches to warn beachgoers. (7/8/15)

FIRE ISLAND - Officials are warning swimmers after two children were stung by a Portuguese man-of-war on Fire Island beaches.

Purple flags are flying at Islip Town beaches to warn beachgoers.

According to officials, a young boy was airlifted to Southside Hospital Tuesday after stepping on the venomous organism on a Kismet beach while playing. A short time later, a 4-year-old boy was stung at Davis Park.

The man-of-war can cause a painful sting that leaves red welts on skin for up to three days. In some cases, it can affect breathing or cause a heart condition.

Lifeguards say that they will be keeping caution flags up until there is no sign of the man-of-war off the South Shore. They say they will be inspecting the coastline every few hours.

Lifeguards say they believe the man-of-war are washing up from the Jersey Shore, where a few were found last week. They are not indigenous to Long Island.

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