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Title: The public health impact of a new simple practical technique for collection and transfer of toxic jellyfish specimens and for nematocyst identification
Authors: Lakkana Thaikruea
Sineenart Santidherakul
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-May-2018
Abstract: © 2017 Macmillan Publishers Ltd., part of Springer Nature. Our team aimed to create a new, simple, and inexpensive technique for collecting and transferring of toxic jellyfish specimens and for nematocysts identification. We collected tentacles of Chironex spp., Morbakka spp., and Physalia spp., and transferred them from the beaches by standard and by 'vacuum sticky tape' (VST) techniques. For the VST technique, our team placed the sticky tape on a tentacle and then folded it over to seal the tentacle in the equivalent of a vacuum. We kept the VST in room temperature. For nematocyst identification, we placed the VST on a glass microscope slide and took photographs down the microscope's eye piece using a mobile phone camera. The image quality was as good as when produced by standard techniques. Different classes of toxic jellyfish could be identified. Thus, VST is a potential public health breakthrough because it is practical, durable, inexpensive, allows good discrimination. It enables early warning of danger to health and rapid response via social network.
ISSN: 1745655X
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