January 02, 2008 -
An average of 21 deaths a day were reported involving
violence and automobile accidents in Caracas during December of 2007.
December 26, 2007 -
Today an earthquake registering 5.0 shook the central
region of Venezuela. The epicenter was 200 km from Caracas. No deaths or
damages were reported.
Caracas has suffered a large outbreak of food borne
Chagas' disease. The breakout occurred at the Andres Bello Municipal
School in Chacao which is located in Caracas. A national sanitary alert
has been declared. Anyone who has a fever lasting more than five days
along with other symptoms such as muscle pain, joint pain, swollen lymph
nodes or facial edema needs to be seen immediately by a medical clinic
to rule out infection.
Of 937 people who have been tested so far, 99 have been
infected. 80 of the victims have acute Chagas'. One child died before
infection had been discovered. Cases may often be acute in children.
They are under a regimen of medication to help stave off the disease.
Food transmission is very rare and it is believed by
officials that the contamination of juice prepared for the school may
have been infected traitomine bugs which may have been introduced to the
fruits while preparation of the juice was done. There are some
people who have not been tested as their whereabouts is unknown. If you
have no knowledge of Chagas' be sure to read the article below.
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