Sea lice outbreak hits Eastern Shore of Maryland

Sea lice

OCEAN CITY BEACH, Md. (AP) — Visitors to Maryland’s Eastern Shore are taking home a nasty, stinging reminder from their day at the beach.

News outlets are reporting that a type of small jellyfish nicknamed sea lice are hanging out in the surf around beaches in Ocean City and Maryland side of Assateague Island.

The stinging sea creatures can cause some people to feel a prickling sensation while they’re in the water. The result can leave a rash with red, itchy or burning bumps within a few hours after exposure.

Experts say they typically appear at beaches in late summer after the larvae develop for about a month out in the ocean. Certain wind conditions and warmer waters can make them more prevalent and bother swimmers. 

IN NORTH CAROLINA: Mom believes sea lice from NC beach caused irritating rash

Officials recommend rinsing with fresh water soon after leaving the ocean.

Sea lice have been a problem in Florida this summer, with other reports from North Carolina and Alabama.

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