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 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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