- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

KISMET, N.Y. (AP) - Police say three people have been stung by Portuguese man-of-wars on Long Island.

All three of the incidents occurred Tuesday on Fire Island.

Authorities say a 4-year-old boy was stung just after noon.

A 7-year-old boy was stung on the hand in Kismet around 3 p.m. and treated at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. His condition isn’t known, but officials say he was in a lot of pain.

Officials say the third victim declined medical attention.

The man-of-war has long tentacles and can pack a toxic sting that can be life-threatening in some cases.

Officials say the jellyfish-like creatures are typically found in warm water and could have ridden currents up from Florida, where they’re common.

Man-of-wars also have been spotted along the New Jersey coast in recent weeks.


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