ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR
Students from the University of Baja California (UABC) participate in the “Ricketssiosis university prevention and education program” by which they accomplish with their mandatory Social Service, it has been going on since 2011 and this year there are 100 students participating, 70 of them are students of Veterinary Sciences and the rest of them study in the Medicine School.
Rickettsiosis is a lethal disease, which is caused by bacteria called Ricketsia Rickettsii, and it is transmitted by the bite of ticks on dogs (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) but it is important to mention that the dogs are not the transmissions’ agent (vector) of the disease but the sting or bite of the aforementioned ticks.
The program consists in orientation conferences for children and teenagers in pre-elementary, elementary, junior high and high schools in the Ejido Puebla area (eastern outskirts of Mexicali) considered of high risk for the presence of the tick and several Rickettsiosis cases that have been reported all over the area.