Dengue, Appointments & Vacancies
Dated July 22, 2010
Local news reports show dengue and hemorrhagic dengue cases are on the rise in the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche.
Dengue is spread by mosquitoes. To reduce the risk of contracting dengue, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing clothing that exposes as little skin as possible and applying a repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 as the active ingredient. Additional precautions include:
• Installation of screens on all entrances to your living quarters and ensuring there are no areas near your home of stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.
• Keep the interior and exterior of your house clear of places and things where mosquitos may procreate (i.e. clean water fountains, ponds, empty buckets, trash cans, containers, etc)
• Keep your lawn trimmed and pruned. Trim weeds and dispose of your organic trash frequently. Check your patio/terraces for standing water and material that may attract mosquito presence.
• Dispose or tip over all containers that may hold water. Wash plant pots and wash your pet’s water dish.
• Check if the water tank (tinaco) on your roof is properly covered. Inspect for holes or damage in your window screens, sliding doors screens, etc.
• Consider outdoor fumigation services to control mosquito population in the exterior areas of your home.
For further information on dengue fever, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) web site at http://www.cdc.gov/dengue.
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Merida Consulate, Cancun and Playa del Carmen Consular Agencies all now require you to make an appointment for routine services. Please visit our website for specific instructions and contact information at http://merida.usconsulate.gov/contactinfo4.html. For information on how to obtain an appointment in Merida, http://merida.usconsulate.gov/makeapoint.html.
Please note that beginning August 2, 2010 and until further notice the Cancun and Playa del Carmen Consular Agency offices will provide limited routine services most days. Accordingly, it is imperative that you make an appointment.
We currently have three job vacancies: Cancun Consular Agent, Playa del Carmen Special Consular Services Assistant, and Merida Telephone Operator/Travel Clerk. For information about these vacancies and how to apply, please visit our website at http://merida.usconsulate.gov/jobvacancies2.html. Read instructions contained in the position vacancy announcements carefully.
About the Warden System
The warden system is a network of volunteers who assist the Merida Consulate in rapidly disseminating official U.S. government information to American citizens in our consular district during emergencies. Normally wardens are U.S. citizens, but we may also recruit non-U.S. citizens to help. Merida’s consular district consists of the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Campeche.