Dog waste on the beaches may result in a health threat – Ecology Director
The Ecology Department of Mazatlan is worried about the high amounts of dog waste that could result in a larvae attack endangering the health of barefoot walkers, passers-by and locals on Mazatlan’s beaches.
When pets defecate, there are living organisms in their feces, and due to the humid and warm environment that the sand produces, these eggs hatch, which is where the microscopic larvae come from. This type of parasite gets underneath the human skin through microscopic cuts on the sole caused by the sand. This type of larvae is called migratory (larva migrans).
Lourdes SanJuan, Ecology Director, said that some years ago the parasite was detected at the beaches of Tulum, Cancun and Merida.
“There is a Municipal code relating to pet care. All dogs must be leashed in public spaces and dog waste must be picked up by the dog’s owner. Lots of people carry a bag but also a lot of them do not. We do not want to create panic but we want to prevent any infestation”, said Lourdes
Rogelio Rivas, Director of Beach Management, said that regular inspections and tests are performed to guarantee the quality of the sand and ocean water and to maintain the certification of “Clean Beach”
“Authorities must enforce the regulation related to dog waste to prevent any health problem”, said the Director