Beach patrol warns of sea lice outbreak in Ocean City, Maryland

OCEAN CITY BEACH, Md. -- Visitors to Maryland's Eastern Shore are taking home a nasty, stinging reminder from their day at the beach.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol took to Facebook this week to report that a type of small jellyfish nicknamed sea lice are hanging out in the surf around Ocean City's beach.

The stinging sea creatures can cause some people to feel a prickling sensation while they're in the water. The result can leave a rash with red, itchy or burning bumps within a few hours after exposure.

Officials recommend rinsing with fresh water soon after leaving the ocean.

Sea lice have been a problem in Florida this summer, with other reports from North Carolina and Alabama.

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