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Teenager in hospital after sea bug attack

Teenager in hospital after sea bug attack

The sixteen-year-old went to the beach to soothe his legs after playing a tiring football game.

"A couple of weeks back one of my mates was down the water and he came out with blood on his feet as well", he said.

Kanizay said the blood was hard to get off his legs, and that it "came back pretty quickly". That's when he noticed that his feet and legs were covered in tiny cuts.

Sam is now fine as the bleeding has finally stopped and will be released on Monday.

"I've still got my feet today", Stevens said at a press conference on Monday. "He hobbled home pretty quickly".

We hope that researchers and the doctors find out more information about these meat eating bugs/lice and develop a treatment that will avoid the excessive bleeding Sam had to go through, because no one in the hospital could figure out the reason behind it. "He actually waited out the front and called out for help because he didn't want to bleed inside the house", mother Jane Kanizay said to the New Zealand Herald.

The family of the teenager boy took him to the hospital when the blood kept on reappearing despite taking a shower.

And they are widespread in the ocean, found all over the globe: "They constitute the largest source of protein in the world's oceans in their early larval stages", the ADFG says.

The couldn't staunch the flow, which seeped from pin prick sized holes, so Jarrod drove Sam to Sandringham Hospital emergency department.

However, Associate Professor at Monash University's School of Biological Sciences Richard Reina is confident Sam's bites were caused by sea lice. And they left doctors stumped.

'They were all on Google afterwards, hypothesising as to what happened, ' he said.

And his father did just that the next day, with some pretty horrifying results.

Kanizay's father, Jarrod, returned to the ocean to catch the creatures that had a go at his son.

Using a pool net and some raw meat, he collected thousands of what looked like mites, each of them about 2 millimeters long.

"They're parasites of fish, just like a mosquito will bite us for blood". They've sucked the life out of it - all the blood. You can see them swarm steak in the video below.

He told Channel Seven's Sunrise programme: "I've never seen anything like this". People have often mistakenly blamed sea lice for bites by jellyfish larvae in Florida and the Caribbean.

Despite the young boy's injury, Dr. Walker-Smith said that his case is unusual, possibly because he was standing still in the water instead of swimming, allowing the small animals to feed freely.

"My dad gave me this amusing stare and I gave him a stare because we both just had no clue what was going on", Sam said.

He said his group saw a shark about once or twice a year - "sometimes they swim right under us, they're not big". "So it's probably just a one-off thing".


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