The Jalisco Health Secretariat (SSJ) warns of a latent risk of enterococcal infection in the seawater of the Estero El Salado Protected Natural Area and its adjoining beaches in Puerto Vallarta.
Through the Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks of the State (Coprisjal) the population is urged to avoid contact or submersion in this area.
The agency reports that on March 3, a 48-inch pipe that forms part of the Centro-Norte collector in the tourist municipality collapsed.
“This recommendation of caution will remain in force as long as the contingency or the conditions that gave rise to it persist, as well as until data are obtained that allow discarding any risk to the health of the population” the press release states.
Likewise, it was reported that 295 home visits were made with a scope of 844 inhabitants, to deliver envelopes of Serum Oral Serum and 300 flasks of colloidal silver.
The contamination by a leak of sewage from a collector to Estero El Salado in Puerto Vallarta is controlled and contained, according to the Secretary of Tourism of Jalisco, Germán Ralis, denying that the beaches of this destination represent a risk to health, a contradiction of the statement issued by the Health Secretariat.
“Up to this moment it is controlled, until this moment they have already defined with all clarity that it will be Friday in which the required piece to complete the repairs arrives, but we have not had any element of evident warning of contamination on the beaches, this has only been generated in an element that is adjacent to the Salado estuary and where they have made a containment system so that it is not going to be a major affectation, it is controlled, it is monitored on behalf of the Secretary of Environment and anticipate that they will end Friday.”
This comes a day after Puerto Vallarta Mayor encouraged media outlets not to report the issue because of the impact it could have on tourism.
Puerto Vallarta Mayor discourages media from covering pipeline break and health risks.
The SSJ through the Health Region VIII Puerto Vallarta, has carried out various preventive actions to avoid any impact on the health of the population, especially the neighborhoods surrounding the contingency.
In addition, the area of Epidemiology permanently monitors, in all Health Units, any report of diarrhea or dermatological affectations, without counting up to now with any case registered within the affected area.
UPDATE: MAYOR OF PUERTO VALLARTA FINALLY ORDERS BEACH CLOSINGS NEAR THE SPILL