MEXICALI.- There’s an increase in the number of Rickettsia related casualties, authorities of the Ministry of Health in Baja California confirmed the death of two more people: a12 year-old child, resident of the ejido Nuevo León in and a 39 year-old man from the Tecali subdivision in the Mexicali Valley.
After the serious public health problem that rickettsia represents in Baja California, authorities of the three levels of government will work together along with citizens and non-governmental organizations to combat this serious situation.
This was announced at a press conference by Elba Cornejo Arminio, Head of Health Services and Néstor Hernández Milán, State Head of Epidemiology, who were also accompanied by the Head of the Rickettsiosis Program, Paola Gómez and the Director of “Todos Somos Mexicali” “, Ramón González Mado.
They specified that since 2009 when this condition appeared in the region, up until 2017 a total of 1,012 cases and 146 deaths have been reported.
- 2009 – 300 cases
- 2010 – 117 cases
- 2011 – 109 cases
- 2012 – 96 cases
- 2013 – 90 cases
- 2014 – 80 cases
- 2015 – 122 cases
- 2016 – 54 cases
They assured that although the authorities are “doing their job”, it is essential to raise awareness among the population of the importance of their participation, not only to have clean spaces and to deworm their pets, but also to identify the symptoms and immediately request medical attention if necessary.
They insisted that the number of victims continues to rise due to the fact that they seek medical attention at a very advanced stage of the disease.
They emphasized that if there is fever, malaise, headache or a tick bite, it is very important to go immediately to the nearest Medical Unit to request help and medical treatment.
Cornejo Arminio, stressed that through the “Todos somos Mexicali” association and the municipal authorities, permanent programs will be implemented to raise awareness among the population about the importance of complying with the main recommendations, such as keeping yards clean and fumigated; vaccinate and deworm pets, in order to prevent an increase in the number of cases.
The experts said that out of this year’s 44 cases, 31 correspond to Mexicali, 4 to the city of Tijuana, six to Ensenada and three to Vicente Guerrero.
Source: Todos Somos Mexicali