- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

PENSACOLAL, Fla. (AP) - Florida officials are warning swimmers about stinging sea lice at a Florida beach.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that Pensacola Beach lifeguard stands posted purple flags earlier this week for the presence of dangerous marine life.

Water safety chief Dave Greenwood says sea lice are tiny jellyfish larvae and jellyfish cells that can mildly irritate a swimmer’s skin. He says they aren’t very intense and can’t live outside the warm saltwater. They don’t remain on a swimmer’s body after they leave the water.

The Florida Department of Health says sea lice can cause small red bumps on a person’s skin within a day of exposure. The rash can also be accompanied by flu-like symptoms.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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