Deputy Juan Lobos president of the Health
Committee said on Tuesday that although measures have been taken, “it’s
essential to stop vibrio parahaemolyticus
from spreading and putting at risk a greater percentage of the population”.
The lawmaker said that “228 cases so far in a few days, more than justifies
declaring a sanitary emergency, and must not be seen as alarmist but rather
an opportunity for health authorities to have the right tools to address
the issue from its roots”.
Lobos said he supported all actions taken by Health minister Alvaro Erazo including the decision to advance the prevention
campaign so that people take the necessary precautions.
“We’re not asking people not to consume sea food, mollusc,
but rather to do it in a responsible way”, he underlined. Chilean
authorities have warned about the consumption of raw sea food, mainly in
the southern regions of Maule and Biobio, where
the outbreak is most intense.
However minister Erazo said that in spite of the
number of cases, “compared to previous years we have a steady decrease in
reported sea food poisoning cases, so I wouldn’t say we have been that
is described as a Gram-negative bacterium found in brackish saltwater which
when ingested, causes gastrointestinal illness in humans. While infection
can occur via the fecal-oral route, ingestion of bacteria in raw or
undercooked seafood, usually oysters, is the predominant cause the acute
Outbreaks tend to be concentrated along coastal regions during the summer
and early fall when higher water temperatures favor higher levels of
bacteria. Seafood most often implicated includes squid, mackerel, tuna,
sardines, crab, shrimp, and bivalves like oysters and clams.
The incubation period of 24 hours is followed by explosive, watery diarrhea
accompanied by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and sometimes fever.
In related news three other brands of cheese from the company Chevrita have been withdrawn from shelves fearing
further cases of listeriosis, according to Public
Health ministry officials.
Last December first sanitary officials banned the sale and distribution of
dairy produce from the brands Chevrita, Las Pircas and Lescure, following
the discovery that 59 samples of Brie and Camembert cheese contained
A total of 108 cases of listeriosis have been
reported in Santiago de Chile.