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Marea Roja detected in Upper Gulf of California

By José Antonio Perez

Jan. 27, 2017.  A health ban has been issued for the Upper Gulf of California, along with the temporary closure on capture, sale, and consumption of bivalve mollusks, due to indications of a “marea roja” (red tide).  The health ban was issued after the corpses of three whales and one dolphin were found in advanced states of decomposition a few kilometers from San Felipe, Baja California.  Based on analysis results provided by the Public Health Services Institute for the State of Baja California (ISESALUD), microalgae that produced saxitoxin have been detected. This is a type of paralyzing toxin that directly impacts not only marine life, but can also represent health risks for people.

A 2015 “Marea Roja” alert clarified, the warning encompasses consumption of oysters, clams, mussels, snailfish, scallops, geoduck, pustulose ark shell, and “tichidas”, noting it only affects mollusks and not species such as fish, shrimp and octopus, which can be consumed without risk.

City launches intense street repair and renovation program

Press Release

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. Jan. 27, 2017.

Terencio Gutiérrez Valenzuela, Municipal Public Projects Director, reports Public Services has begun an intensive program to address city streets. He detailed staff from Public Services would be applying 25 cubic meters of asphalt along several of the city’s streets most impacted by the rains. He acknowledged this is a recurring problem, and while more rains may come they are taking steps to advance work given the serious deterioration of several roadways.

 

Equipment and scholarships presented at UBR

Press Release

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. Jan. 25, 2016.  Mayor Kiko Munro, along with his wife Municipal DIF President Linda Pivac de Munro, presented 3 monochromatic machines to the Basic Rehabilitation Unit (UBR), in addition to 21 academic and athletic scholarships to persons with disabilities.  Dr. Victor Manuel Villegas Lopez, general medical personnel at the UBR, described the equipment will allow them to treat several ailments including backaches, facial paralysis, EVC effects, and developmental delays, among other concerns. He noted this may reduce rehabilitation time by 40%.

 

New ambulance to improve IMSS services

By José Antonio Perez

Jan. 22, 2017.  Services for Puerto Peñasco beneficiaries at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) Hospital will significantly improve following the arrival of a new ambulance, which will allow for a greater number of transfers. The ambulance is part of a package of seven vehicles recently distributed to IMSS hospitals across the state.  IMSS State Official Miguel Jiménez Llamas detailed ambulances travel thousands of miles across Sonora each month, so the new vehicles will help cover these needs.

 

Statistics point to serious concerns about 4-wheelers and Rhinos

By José Antonio Perez

Jan. 22, 2017.  Local Civil Protection Director, Francisco Javier Carrillo Ruiz, reports during 2016 at least 62 emergency medical transfers were made from Puerto Peñasco to the U.S. with persons injured from 4-wheeler and “Rhino” accidents.  Injuries, which were predominantly suffered by individuals 12-25 years old, ranged from minor to severe, including the need for amputation and loss of extremities. Most accidents occurred on Rhinos, rather than 4-wheelers.   Carrillo Ruiz clarified these statistics are not meant to prevent the rental of 4-wheelers or Rhinos, but rather to encourage use of caution and emphasize use of protective equipment.

 

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