Myrmecia pilosula

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Myrmecia pilosula

a stinging ant of southeastern Australia responsible for most allergic reactions to ant venom.
Synonym(s): jack jumper ant
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Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today launched the Jack Jumper Ant Clinic at Monash Health which will deliver a lifesaving jack jumper ant venom immunotherapy program that desensitises people with a jack jumper ant allergy.
Until now, the closest clinic providing a jack jumper ant venom immunotherapy desensitisation program was in Tasmania, where the ant is responsible for more severe allergic reactions than bee stings.
Several deaths from jack jumper ant stings and anaphylaxis have occurred in Australia, with a number of recorded cases in recent years.
Jack jumper ant venom immunotherapy desensitises people with allergies by gradually exposing them to increasing doses of insect venom through injections under the skin.
People with a jack jumper ant allergy and their loved ones are constantly living with the fear of being stung and facing a severe and deadly anaphylactic reaction.
This Victorian-first jack jumper ant clinic at Monash Health will give people with allergies the critical immunotherapy they need and save lives.
Id like to thank the Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and the Jack Jumper Ant Patient Support Group for their passion and hard work helping to establish this vital service for Victoria.
A Victorian first specialist clinic to treat patients allergic to the deadly sting of jack jumper ants has been established thanks to $210,000 boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
The jack jumper ant is a species of the bulldog ant and it gets its name from the hopping motion it performs when agitated.
Scientists from The Vision Center and the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University experimented with Australian jack jumper ants traveling from trees to their nest to discover how the insects navigate.
The scientists captured a group of jack jumper ants from a foraging site, fed them and released the insects at a different location at least 10 meters from the nest, according to the release.
For some people living in Australia, jack jumper ants (Myrmecia pilosula) are no picnic.