DDC: Blue-ringed octopus clip is old news

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) informed the public that the video clip of a popular blue-ringed octopus that has gone viral on social media is an old news report, disclosing that there has been no report on someone getting bitten or suffering from the blue-ringed octopus’ poison in Thailand before.

DDC Director General Suwannachai Watthanayingcharoenchai said the video clip about the blue-ringed octopus found at a shopping mall was first reported in 2016. He has asked the public to inspect the source of information forwarded on social media as it could lead to misunderstanding. However, there has been no report on someone getting bitten by or suffering from the blue-ringed octopus’ poison in Thailand before.

The octopus is lethally venomous and able to kill humans easily. Those who were bitten by the octopus would receive the similar treatments to those who are stung by puffer fish. He has urged consumers and seafood vendors to be careful when buying the octopus.

Due to the rapid onset of life-threatening effects, quick and appropriate initial management will be crucial and prompt and sustained mouth-to-mouth breathing is essential. For more information, please call 1422.