By: Laura Davidson
Mexicali.- The XVII INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE IN LOW SPECIES OF BAJA CALIFORNIA A.C ” was held at the State Convention Center, ICBC State Arts Center.
Students and professionals of veterinary and zootechnical medicine gathered on June 8-9 and 10 to attend the different forums given by outstanding lecturers as: former president of the World Association of Veterinary Dermatology Dr. Manon Paradis and the former Vice president of the Latin American Veterinary Association Dr. Stephane Meder Vincileoni from Canada, followed by Dr. Manuel Alejandro Flores, MD, who is a native of Mexico City.
This congress was entitled “Dr. Luis Tinoco Gracia” by the various members of COMVEPE in Baja California, as a tribute to the research doctor of the IICV-UABC, for his commitment and dedication to the various investigations in the field of Rickettsia disease in and around Mexicali.
Since 2009 to date, more than a thousand people have been infected with rickettsiosis in Mexicali, with a balance exceeding one hundred people dead, said Dr. Tinoco Gracia.
Finally, on Sunday, June 11th, they closed with the III RIQUETSIOSIS FORUM where a table of analysis was made by different specialists of the Secretary of Public Health to spread the methods of prevention and the prevalence of this disease over the years, whose lethality is increasing. This forum was open to the public and at no cost.
The head of epidemiology at General Hospital of Mexicali, Moisés Rodríguez Lomeli, said that before 2009 the annual average was three humans sick with rickettsiosis, but after that year the annual average is 100 people infected, in addition to the global standard which that this disease can kill between five and ten percent of patients, but the lethality in Mexicali is over 30 percent, a situation that he called “very serious”, he said.
It is noteworthy that several UABC researchers have proposed to do more research to know the genome of the rickettsia bacterium and to attack it more effectively, as well as specialists who have requested extraordinary resources, but there is no money, they say.
As part of the closure, a small competition was held among students of the Faculty of Arts, which consisted in the elaboration of an educational cartoon that illustrated the transmission of the tick, with the purpose of distributing it to the Mexican children as a method of prevention, since in past informative talks it was the infants who captured this information in a positive way. It would be pending to meet with the Secretary of Education to distribute it not only in Mexicali but throughout the state, said the President of the College in Mexicali, MVZ. Yolanda González Medina.