April 16, 2024
An indication on Imperial Seaside. Picture by George Mullen

Regardless of continued considerations about air pollution and sewage flowing throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, the South Bay area has not seen vital will increase in reported gastrointestinal diseases or associated emergency room visits, in keeping with the newest information, San Diego County Public Well being Companies introduced this week.

County well being officers are additionally within the technique of reviewing information collected by medical professionals who spent practically two weeks with a South Bay clinic, with these outcomes anticipated within the subsequent 30 days.

The county famous Wednesday that it has commonly up to date its webpage centered “on the continued surveillance and investigation of gastrointestinal sickness based mostly on considerations from the South Bay group.” The web site additionally offers an evidence of diseases, surveillance information and assets.

Gastrointestinal diseases have an effect on the abdomen and gut. County medical employees in August began monitoring sickness stories and posts updates each Thursdays. Public Well being Companies officers have additionally up to date Imperial Seaside officers, the California Coastal Fee, the county Air Air pollution Management District, California Division of Public Well being and U.S. Environmental Safety Company about ongoing surveillance work.

Over the previous yr, elected leaders and activists have expressed rising concern about air pollution and sewage flowing throughout the border.

Primarily based on steerage from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, “when folks come into direct contact with sewage contaminated water, it will possibly result in a lot of diseases, together with those who end in emergency room visits and at instances hospitalizations,” Dr. Ankita Kadakia, county deputy public well being officer, stated in an announcement.

“South County residents deserve entry to scrub seashores and waterways,” Kadakia stated. “Whereas we proceed to carefully monitor stories of diseases and await steps to minimize and clear sewage flows, it stays essential for folks to keep away from going into water that’s contaminated.”

County leaders have advocated for extra federal authorities funding and a binational resolution in reference to untreated sewage that flows throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, and into the Tijuana River Valley and waters off South County seashores.