Contaminated food at funeral kills at least 10 in Peru

admin   •   August 8, 2018   •   2765

A person is transported to a helicopter after eating contaminated food at a funeral in the Peruvian Andes, authorities said on Tuesday, in Ayacucho, Peru, in this undated photo released August 7, 2018. Courtesy of Agencia Andina/Diresa Ayacucho/Handout via REUTERS

At least ten people have died and dozens fell ill after eating contaminated food at a funeral in the Peruvian Andes, authorities said on Tuesday (August 7).

The food appears to have contained organophosphates, a family of chemicals used in pesticides, Health Minister Silvia Pessah said on local broadcaster RPP.

Out of the 50 people sickened at the funeral in the village of San Jose de Ushua on Monday, 10 have died and eight remained in critical condition, Peru’s civil defense agency Indeci said on Twitter.

Authorities were evacuating patients from a rural hospital in Ayacucho, a southern Andean region home to indigenous Quechua-speaking farmers.

Autopsies will confirm the cause of the deaths, the head of Peru’s civil defense agency, Jorge Chavez said on RPP.

Pessah said there have been two incidents of organophosphate poisoning in the same region in recent months.

In 2013, 23 Indian schoolchildren died after eating food contaminated with the pesticide monocrotophos, a substance that belongs to the organophosphate family.

Abel Salinas, a former health minister, said on RPP that the tragedy was a reminder that pesticide containers should never be reused in food preparation. — Reuters

Deadly dengue outbreak strikes Peru

UNTV News   •   February 19, 2020

REUTERS – Twelve people have died from dengue in Peru with 5,480 cases reported cases nationwide so far in 2020, according to Peruvian authorities.

Authorities have declared a health emergency in hardest-hit regions such as Madre de Dios, Loreto and San Martin, where more than 4.300 cases have been reported.

”At the moment we are quite worried because the number of mosquitoes that transmit the disease – in this case it’s a mosquito called Aedes Aegypti or Aedes Aegypti mosquito – has increased tremendously in some places of the country’s jungle,” Infectologist Dr. Manuel Espinoza of Peru’s Health Ministry said in Spanish.

Dengue is the world’s fastest-spreading mosquito-borne disease. It causes flu-like symptoms and a severe form of it can result in internal bleeding. There is no specific treatment and no vaccine available yet.

Dengue infections around the world have increased dramatically in recent decades and many countries are seeing a surge in cases this year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) this year named dengue one of the top 10 global public health threats.

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Peru battered by heavy rains, floods

UNTV News   •   February 11, 2020

Heavy rain pounded areas of Peru over the weekend, causing rivers to overflow and highways to flood.

Rain battered the northern town of Tumbes, 1017 kilometers (632 miles) north of Lima, near the Ecuador border, flooding streets and cutting off traffic in areas where neither vehicles nor mass transit could get through.

In Junin, 204 km (127 miles) east of the capital city of Lima, the rain triggered mudslides and caused dozens of houses to be damaged. Fields flooded and the Canchamayo and Perene rivers overflowed.

This man, who lives in Junin, complained that emergency personnel did not respond to calls for help during the worst of the storms which occurred overnight.

“Last night, we were all asking for help but no one came. We called citizen security; we called civil defence — nothing, nothing. They didn’t come until morning when a neighbour’s wall fell down,” he said.

Peru is in the midst of its rainy season, which usually extends through April. (Reuters)

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29 evacuees now discharged after treatment for food poisoning

Marje Pelayo   •   November 6, 2019

Earthquake victims in Makilala town, North Cotabato suffered abdominal pains followed by vomiting after eating pastel for lunch on Monday, November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – All 29 victims of food poisoning in Makilala, Cotabato were already discharged from the hospital.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), evacuees from Barangay Malabuan suffered stomach pains followed by vomiting after eating pastel that was part of the donated food packages in the evacuation center.

To prevent the incident from happening again, authorities improved security measures at checkpoints to ensure the quality of food being delivered to the evacuees.

The agency also called on all donors to make sure that food donations are properly prepared and packed to prevent spoilage.

“Hindi naman po natin masisisi ang kung sino man dito sa nangyari (We can’t blame anyone for what happened),” Timbal said.

“But we will do our best to ensure (that this won’t happen again),” he added.

Meanwhile, the national government is sending additional funds for the rehabilitation of earthquake-affected towns in Mindanao.

Earlier on Wednesday (November 6), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana together with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año visited Kidapawan City Provincial Capitol to check on the situation.

Lorenzana said local chief executives are asking for additional budget as they have already used up most of their calamity fund.

Apart from rehabilitation, the national government also provided for the relocation of the victims who lost their homes from the earthquake. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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