Texas researchers monitor spread of ‘kissing bug’ disease

EL PASO – Borderland residents are at risk of contracting diseases such as diabetes, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and West Nile Virus, but so far Chagas, transmitted by “kissing bugs” has not kissed anyone in the El Paso-Juarez region. “We have a list of more than 80 diseases that we consider dangerous at the department of public health,. On this list, we have Chagas disease,” said Fernando J. Gonzalez, lead epidemiologist for the Department of Public Health in the City of El Paso. But although Chagas has hot been seen here so far, Gonzalez said that the public health department is always on watch for cases where any new parasites or diseases are detected. Chagas disease is named after the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas, who discovered it in 1909.

Los Bravos de Ciudad Juárez llegaron para quedarse

Que tardes aquellas cuando el ‘Benito’ se llenaba con los colores blanco y rojo, y al sonar de los tambores ‘El Kartel’ entonaba sus cantos. Esos goles de los jugadores consentidos, Sebastián Maz, ‘El Coco’ Gimenez, Edwin Santibáñez, y Juan Pablo Rodríguez. Y esas atajadas de ‘San Cirilo’. Que recuerdos! Y esa tarde cuando se le ganó a las Chivas 3 a 1, ese resultado dejaba a los dos más grandes, Guadalajara y América fuera de la liguilla.

U.S. businesses feeling the pinch of weaker peso


EL PASO – Six months after the downward slide of the peso in Mexico began squeezing the pocketbooks of Juarez residents, El Paso is starting to feel the sharp impact of less goods being sold on this side of the border, officials say. “I mainly come to El Paso to buy clothes for my son, the jeans and shirts he likes are cheaper here,” said Dona Maria Guadalupe Pacheco, a resident from Ciudad Juarez, who comes to El Paso to buy the items she needs. “I cross the bridge twice a week, I shop here in downtown El Paso. Due to the high price of the dollar, I cannot spend as much money as I used to spend before, I remember spending 50 dollars, now I only spend 20 dollars.” The value of the dollar in the last year has increased about 27.33 percent against the Mexican peso, according to the United States Federal Reserve Bank.