Ecology officials seek to prevent the emergence of Larva Migrans “hookworm” in Mazatlan

The director of Ecology, Lourdes Sanjuán, explained that the feces of pets on the beach promote the ‘birth’ of the parasite that was detected a few years ago in Quintana Roo

Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- The high presence of pet faeces in the Mazatlán beach zone, keeps the dependencies in charge of the care of the environment concerned in the prevention of the emergence of the larva ‘Migrans‘, which is transmitted by the excrement of dogs, especially because it is a tourist destination and before the Easter holiday period.

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Maria de Lourdes Sanjuán Gallardo, director of Ecology and Environment of the City of Mazatlan, said that the parasite had appeared some years ago in Tulum, Quintana Roo; that should be taken as an example to stop pets from defecating in a beach area that could lead to a public health problem.

“Well, what we are going to find is a contamination that can cause a public health problem, so the first thing we have to do is to make people aware.”

He explained that there is a municipal regulation for the care of pets, which firstly states that no animal should walk on leash in public places, as well as that each owner has the obligation to pick up with a bag the feces of his pet and thus It will prevent the larva ‘Migrans’ from developing on the coasts of Mazatlan.

Sanjuán Gallardo said that the issue is not an exaggeration, especially because in recent times the number of people who go to beach areas or the boardwalk with their pets is increasing; hence the interest in working with dependencies such as Capta, Public Services and Public Safety.

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In this regard, Rogelio Olivas Osuna, director of the Operadora y Administradora de Playas, said that the problem, in addition to promoting a public health problem, affects the certification that Gaviotas beach has, as well as the future certification process of other more that the samplings are made periodically to both water and sand.

“Yes, the issue of faeces affects us in the issue of certification, especially since it does go within the parameters that the norm asks us not to have in the arena, many of the people do bring their bag, yes they collect but there is another important number that does not collect “.

Olivas Osuna added that the authorities should enforce the regulations with the awareness and application of sanctions, because if the problem is not attacked, it would generate a greater situation that harms the population in health and the port city as a tourist destination.

Source: linea directa

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