Mexico’s plan to combat huachicoleo (fuel theft) has caused delays in distribution and gasoline shortage in several states. Last Friday, at least 85 people died and dozens were injured after an explosion due to illegal tapping at one of PEMEX’s pipelines in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo. The state’s public health authorities shared information to raise consciousness about the health threats of being directly exposed to gasoline. Beyond Mexico’s borders, new imaging technology was developed and the WHO published a report outlining 10 big threats to global public health in 2019.
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Huachicoleo has a big impact on public health. Hospital Gea González explains the three types of burns individuals could suffer after an explosion derived from huachicoleo activities.
COFEPRIS classifies containers used for gasoline and other hydrocarbons as hazardous waste. Their disposal will be in charge of companies authorized by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer Varela, in his first meeting with the Regional Director of the World Health Organization for the Americas (PAHO / WHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, stressed that our country will strengthen cooperation with the organization so health services have a stronger focus on the patient, with special emphasis on vulnerable and indigenous populations.
Jonathan Rothberg developed a cheaper and easier way to get ultrasound scans. Butterfly IQ is a device that fits in the pocket of a lab coat and uses thousands of small sensors placed on a computer chip that connects to a mobile phone.
The WHO identified 10 big threats to global public health in 2019. One of the biggest is the overuse of antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials that have led to drug resistant bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.