Of­fi­cial warns res­i­dents, vis­i­tors.

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - — Ar­turo Bo­jorquez, abo­jorquez@iv­pres­son­line.com

A state of­fi­cial sent a warn­ing to lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors after a large amount of dead fish were found in city lakes.

San­i­tary Risk Pro­tec­tion Di­rec­tor Leopoldo Jimenez asked res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to avoid swim­ming, fish­ing or con­sum­ing fish from the city zoo, La­guna Mex­ico and Rio Hardy.

The warn­ing was pub­lished while the state de­ter­mines the cause the fish die-offs.

Jimenez said canals and lakes are not ar­eas for water sports so res­i­dents must avoid hav­ing straight con­tact with water.

On Tues­day, thou­sands of fish were found dead at La­guna Mex­ico.

The di­rec­tor also asked res­i­dents to avoid pur­chas­ing fish and shrimp from street ven­dors. In case of ill­ness, res­i­dents must seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion im­me­di­ately.

Jiménez said lo­cal, state and Mex­i­can agen­cies are work­ing to­gether to ad­dress the is­sue.

In a press re­lease, Mex­ico’s Na­tional Water Com­mis­sion said lo­cal, state and fed­eral author­i­ties be­lieve the cause of the die-offs is weather-re­lated since water qual­ity was de­ter­mined to be at nor­mal level.

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