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Sea lice outbreaks on rise in Florida beaches

Itchy rash called Seabather's eruption caused by marine lice

Seabather's eruption is an itchy rash caused by sea lice
Seabather's eruption is an itchy rash caused by sea lice

MIAMI – An outbreak of sea lice along Florida beaches has hit just in time for summer.

According to KABC, outbreaks have been occurring all along the Gulf Coast, with most cases being reported on the Florida panhandle.

Sea lice are the larvae of adult jellyfish and get on your skin when baby jellyfish get caught under your bathing suit or other clothes, resulting in the sting.

The sting causes a prickling sensation while in the water, and then itching starts several hours and usually lasts two to four days.

Some cases result in flu-like symptoms.