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  Mystery rash hits kids after sea swim
Updated 09 April 2002, 16.36
Warning signs on Llanelli Beach, Wales
Six children have been taken to hospital with suspected chemical burns after they went swimming in the sea in Wales.

The children, who are between six and 10 years old, came out in nasty red rashes and blisters after they swam at Llanelli beach.

They were all treated in hospital but none of them are seriously injured.

'We were stinging'

Rebecca Curwood
Doctors have said their injuries are most likely to be caused by chemical burns, but it could also be algae or jellyfish.

Rebecca Curwood, who went in the sea, said: "We came out and we were stinging. Then we had a rash - we went home, put cold water on it and washed our legs."

Now people are being told not to go in the sea until the local authorities find out what caused the burning and rashes.

Scientists are examining samples of the sea water to find out what happened.

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