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Anzoátegui State Governor, Antonio Barreto Sira said Saturday (computer translated) there is a salmonella outbreak in the state. He notes 571 cases of salmonellosis are registered in state in northeastern Venezuela, including two deaths.

According to the epidemiological records of the Anzoatiguense Institute of Health (Saludanz), the disease mainly affects the Simón Bolívar municipality, with 262 cases in the El Carmen parish and 276 in San Cristóbal, while in the Sotillo municipality they have been diagnosed 23 and 9 in Urbaneja, all with positive antigen results and clinical signs of this pathology.

The outbreak is attributed to the terrible services in the distribution of drinking water throughout the state and especially in the north. “The lack of maintenance and repair of fallen collectors in the capital of this entity, coupled with little or no collection of garbage and solid waste, are causes of this new outbreak,” he said.

“The inability of Hidrocaribe threatens the lives of Anzoateguians,” said Barreto Sira, while demanding, once again, Hidrocaribe, address the water distribution situation or declare an emergency so that Caracas has the resources and this way “avoid more suffering to the inhabitants, who suffer from a lack of vital liquid and when it reaches them, it represents a risk to their health.” In the same way, he urged the mayor of Barcelona to take care of the collection of waste in the city. “We see garbage in every corner of the capital, and that cannot be.”

The governor reported that in response to the notification of cases, specialists in epidemiology and in engineering and sanitary inspection, together with social visitors from Saludanz, activated actions to characterize the outbreak, carry out rapid water sampling in order to check the chlorination and presence of bacteria and other components harmful to health.
He also stated that brigades were organized to make house-to-house visits in order to deliver water treatment tablets and offer health education.”In response to the problem, we are seeking medical treatment to avoid the chain of infections, and promote other types of prevention activities such as monitoring and treating tank trucks and drinking water distributors,” added Barreto Sira.