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Today Biological Hazard Paraguay [Statewide] Damage level


Biological Hazard in Paraguay on Friday, 25 January, 2013 at 06:27 (06:27 AM) UTC.

Paraguay’s health authorities have reported that sixteen people have died of dengue disease since the beginning of the year, ten directly infected and the other six as a consequence of other complications. In total 13.048 cases have been reported by the country’s Health Vigilance Department, of which 1.092 new cases. Asuncion the capital has 8.633 cases which is equivalent to 67% of the total reported by health officials. However there is some good news also because the intense fumigation campaign in different neighbourhoods particularly those with the highest incidence of the mosquito transmitted disease have seen the number of larvae drop dramatically, said the authorities. The fumigation is carried out by military personnel and teams from the Agriculture Ministry Diseases Department. Dengue is endemic in Paraguay as in most tropical areas of neighbouring Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. Likewise the neighbouring Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul has declared a dengue emergency because of the number of cases reported mainly in the capital Campo Grande.

So far 7.700 cases have been officially admitted by local sanitary authorities who describe the situation of “epidemics’ condition” since in the first 17 days of January, an average of 600 people are turning up at local hospitals and clinics with the mosquito transmitted disease symptoms The dengue emergency decree means local health authorities can purchase all the needed elements to combat the disease as well as contract further staff to help with fumigation and others jobs without the need of going through the normal bidding process. The Brazilian city plans to contract an extra 160 personnel to intensify the ‘clean-up’ campaign in those areas more susceptible of having stagnant water where the Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae breed Campo Grande mayor Alcides Bernal admitted the situation was very serious and assured the population that authorities were doing their utmost to combat the disease and the reasons for the epidemic. “Public officials are doing their share. We have declared a state of emergency which allows us to act faster, but we also need the neighbours to do their part by clearing all those mosquito potential breeding places at home”, said Bernal.

Biohazard name: Dengue Fever
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms: Dengue most common symptoms are high fever, headaches, vomiting, dehydration and diarrhoea and skin eruptions.
Status: confirmed




President ousted, Paraguay in turmoil

Police try to disperse supporters of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo protesting against the Senate

Police try to disperse supporters of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo protesting against the Senate’s decision to remove Lugo from office in Asuncion on June 22, 2012.
Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:20AM GMT
Paraguayans have clashed with police outside the Congress building in Asuncion, shortly after it was announced that the Senate had voted to remove President Fernando Lugo from office.

The lower house of the Paraguayan Congress impeached Lugo on Thursday, and the Senate opened his trial on Friday and quickly reached a guilty verdict, ousting Lugo.

Lugo was immediately replaced by Vice President Federico Franco, a ferocious opponent of the leftist leader. Franco was sworn in as the new president of Paraguay on Friday evening.

“Although the law’s been twisted like a fragile branch in the wind, I accept Congress’ decision,” Lugo said in a speech on national television after lawmakers found him guilty of performing his duties badly during a land dispute that left 17 people dead.

He added that “the history of Paraguay and its democracy have been deeply wounded.”

“Today I retire as president, but not as a Paraguayan citizen,” he said. “May the blood of the just not be spilled.”

After a five-hour trial, 39 senators voted to oust Lugo, while four senators voted against the motion, and two were absent. He was accused of mishandling an armed clash over a land dispute in which seven police officers and ten landless farmers were killed on June 15.

Earlier, Lugo had said the entire impeachment process was equivalent to a coup.

“It is more than a coup d’etat, it’s a parliamentary coup dressed up as a legal procedure,” an angry Lugo said on Paraguayan radio.

After the Senate announced the decision, several thousand Lugo supporters took to the streets to condemn the move and express support for the man they still view as the president of the country. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and used water cannon to disperse the protesters.

The breakneck speed of the impeachment process raised concerns in other South American capitals, and a few dispatched their foreign ministers to Asuncion. Some countries even warned of the possibility of imposing sanctions on Paraguay.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced that his government would not recognize Franco as president.

“The government of Ecuador will not recognize any president of Paraguay other than Fernando Lugo,” said Correa, adding “true democracy is based on legality and legitimacy.”


Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

In an exclusive interview with RT Paraguayan ex-President Fernando Lugo says he was forced not to resist his impeachment by a threat of massive violence which may otherwise have been rocked the country. Lugo was ousted from power in what neighbors called an institutionalized coup.

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