A study conducted by the UANL School of Medicine showed that the longer they reside in colonies near the quarries north of St. Catarina, it increases the possibility of developing asthma, allergic rhinopharyngitis and conjunctivitis.
The study revealed that 67.7 percent of families found some type of disease prevalent and 7 percent reported some type of mortality since 2007.
Supervised by doctor Eduardo Mendez Espinosa, Professor of Family Medicine at the UANL School of Medicine, the health survey to identify morbidity and mortality was carried out in the colonias Lomas del Poniente, El Escorial, Tepeyac, San Francisco, López Mateos, Rincón de las Palmas, Sombrillas, Mission of Santa Catarina, Villas del Mirador and San Gilberto.
That is, they are neighboring colonies to the Cerro de las Mitras, north of St. Catarina, corresponding to a lower middle class population.
The frequency of asthmatic disease found was 8.3 percent compared to what was reported in the study, between a range of 3 to 7 percent in the general population.
Allergic rhinopharyngitis problems (causes cold-like signs and symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, and sinus pressure) found was 36.7 percent versus the expected 20 percent agree to prevalence studies in the general population.
The frequency of conjunctivitis found was 17.7 percent, where it would be expected to find frequencies between 3 and 7 percent of prevalence much higher than expected.
“The rest of the diseases, mainly chronic ones, do not show trends different from what was expected. Regarding the causes of mortality found, they did not differ from what was expected from the rest of the population.
“The results found in this study show a tendency to have a higher frequency of allergic diseases compared to the rest of the population, but a cause-effect relationship cannot be established, they can only be associated with some of the aforementioned factors,” the study states.
Although the analysis was carried out in 2008 by the departments of Family Medicine and Public Health of the Faculty of the Maximum House of Studies, at the request of the then deputy Ricardo Vázquez, a sample carried out by MILLENNIUM This Wednesday residents of one of the neighborhoods neighboring Las Pedreras confirmed that this trend is continuing.
“You have to see the number of people who have fallen ill or died from covid in the neighborhoods near the quarries. There must be a relationship due to covid of people who already bring damage to the lungs from the dust from the quarries, lung diseases and cardiovascular disease, and that they are more vulnerable to being complicated by a disease due to covid, “said the former legislator Ricardo Vazquez in interview.
The inclusion criteria were having more than 6 months and up to 10 years of living in the area, all age groups, both genders and the exclusion criteria for the interview were non-competent people, who refused to provide information and minors old.
The surveys were applied randomly in all the indicated neighborhoods and a total of 1,024 people of all ages, from 1 to 83 years old, were surveyed, with an average of 33.2 years, 56 percent corresponded to the female gender and 44 percent to the male gender.
72 percent had some type of social security, mainly the IMSS.