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WednesdayJanuary 19, 2011

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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E-Verify Gets High Marks from Employers

A recent customer satisfaction survey validates what U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has long asserted – that the Obama administration’s commitment to building the E-verify system is the right investment in building a viable tool to ensure a legal workforce in the United States.

Additionally, a report about E-Verify – just issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) – cites improvements in the reduction of mismatch rates, ensuring employer compliance, and establishing better safeguards for employees’ personal information.

More than 243,000 employers representing more than 834,000 worksites currently use E-Verify. On average, 1,000 new employers enroll each week. In FY 2010, the E-Verify Program ran more than 16 million queries.

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From Drug Trafficker to Screenwriter, Andres Lopez Writes Another Book, Will be Made into Film

The much anticipated launch of “El cartel de los Sapos 2” by Colombian writer Andres Lopez Lopez is now taking place in the US and Puerto Rico. This true story brings to life the real players of one of the most fearsome drug cartels in the world: The Norte del Valle Cartel.

The book will soon be released on the big screen, starring Manolo Cardona and Tom Sizemore, and will also include the first part of the saga recounted in “El cartel de los sapos.”

“El cartel de los sapos 2” unveils previously unknown aspects of the relationship between the drug mafias and paramilitary groups, the role placed by Carlos and Vicente Castano of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (or AUC, in Spanish) in the business operations. It portrays a frightening picture of how freely the rival criminal groups moved within the country to carry out their plots for revenge, planned assassinations, and cargo distribution.

The author entered the drug world under the command of the Norte del Valle Cartel. He quickly ascended within the organization until he became the target of .S. drug agencies. After surviving the conflicts that arose among his comrades, he gave himself up to the US judicial system in 2001.  He now spends his time writing for film and television.

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Aspiring Marine, Orphan Faces Deportation

Aspiring Marine, Orphan Faces Deportation

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On Tuesday, January 18th, friends of Pedro Gutierrez, met at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix to show their support for the DREAMer who is currently facing deportation.

Born in Mexico, Pedro is by all accounts an orphan. Never knowing his parents, his sole guardian has always been his grandmother who, when he was seven, brought him to the United States.

Sadly, when he was 16, his grandmother passed away, and he was without a family to rely on in either Mexico or Arizona. With the support of his community, Pedro found a home with his friends, and despite numerous obstacles, graduated high school. He hoped for the passing of the DREAM Act as he wishes to join the Marines, but unfortunately the bill did not pass.

The DREAM would allow for undocumented youth who, like Pedro, were brought here at a young age, to earn legal status upon completion of two years of military service or two years of college.

Below, Pedro tells his story.

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What Every Latino should Know About Sundance 2011

Three films made in Latin América, one Colombian, one Mexican and one Cuban will compete in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, in Park City and Ogden, UT.

All three films are part of the 16 movies featured in the World Cinema Dramatic category.

All Your Dead Ones (Todos Tus Muertos ) From Colombia, this film was directed by Carlos Moreno,  and written by Alonso Torres and Carlos Moreno. It tells the story of a campesino man who wakes up one morning to find a pile of bodies in the middle of his crops. When he goes to the authorities, he quickly realizes that the dead ones are a problem nobody wants to deal with.
Cast: Alvaro Rodríguez, Jorge Herrera, Martha Marquez, Harold Devasten, John Alex Castillo. World Premiere

The Cinema Hold Up (Asalto Al Cine) From Mexico, it was directed by Iría Gómez Concheiro, and was also written by Iria Gómez, with the collaboration of and Juan Pablo Gómez. The film tells the story of four childhood friends in Mexico’s Guerrero colony who toy with the idea of robbing a cinema. Each one, hopes that the heist will hurtle them past life’s obstacles, but later come to realize that the caper risks the only thing they have: their friendship.
Cast: Gabino Rodríguez, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Ángel Sosa, Paulina Avalos. World Premiere

Ticket to Paradise (Boleto al Paraiso) From Cuba, this movie was helmed by Gerardo Chijona Valdes and written by Chijona, with the collaboration of Francisco Garcia Gonzalez and Maykel Rodriguez Ponjuan. This film tells the story of a teenage girl who is running away from her father’s sexual harassment, and meets a young rocker who has escaped to Havana with his misfit group of friends. Set in 1993, during a period of acute shortages in Cuba, the local AIDS hospice begins to look like an unlikely refuge to the hopeless teens.
Cast: Miriel Cejas, Héctor Medina, Dunia Matos, Jorge Perugorria, Luis A. Garcia. International Premiere

Also from Latin America, the chilean movie “Gatos Viejos” (Old Cats) written and directed by Pedro Pereirano and Sebastián Silva will be exhibited out of contest.

The U.S. Drama category features two films that touch on Latino/Hispanic issues in the United States. In “Benavides Born” A high school senior earns admission to the University of Texas at Austin but can’t afford to go; her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship.

“Gun Hill Road” sees Enrique return to his Bronx house after three years in prison to find his wife estranged and his teenage son stumbling towards a transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test. Esai Morales (La Bamba, NYPD Blue) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Oz) star.

TV Star America Ferrara will attend the festival as a judge, and will help elect the best Feature Length Documentary of 2011.

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Hispanic Population Increases In Rhode Island

Hispanic Population Increases In Rhode Island

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According to a portion of the 2010 U.S. Census, Rhode Island, the smallest state in the country, is seeing a sharp rise in its Hispanic population.

Titled the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the report shows that those claiming Latino or Hispanic heritage have become the fastest-growing ethnic group in the state and currently make up about 12 percent of the population.

Spanning 2005 through 2009, the report showed that the state population’s ancestry, while still predominantly Irish, Italian, and French, is now also significantly Hispanic, English, and Portuguese.

This increase in the Hispanic population has made the opinions of Hispanic voters a very serious thing to consider when running for office, and can be seen in the election of Angel Taveras as the Mayor of Providence.

Read more at Providence Journal →

NARCO BLOG: 10 yrs After His Escape El Chapo Guzman Thriving & Living Without Fear as #1 Cartel Capo

A day very much like today ten years ago, Joaquin Guzman Loera, known internationally as El Chapo escaped a federal prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco

Many myths have been created around this great escape and his reported $1 billion net worth, but what is most important to know is that El Chapo is alive and well living amidst much luxury and with out apparent fear of authorities of recapture.

On numerous occasions Mexican officials reaffirm their commitment to recapturing the Sinaloa cartel leader but their actions show they are more interested in other narco traffickers working in Mexico. The $7 million bounty hasn’t enticed anyone to turn him in either.

El Chapo has been seen many times, even by religious leaders, dining in elegant restaurants especially in his home state of Sinaloa. Mexican police insist he is hiding in the mountains and WikiLeaks alleges he moves between 10 to 15 different locations with a security detail of 300.

When El Chapo travels with his security team and dines in public, he asks restaurant patrons to not take pictures or use any communication devices.  For the inconvenience he pays for all of the patrons dining expense. He hires well known performers to liven up his holidays or special occasions and is known to enjoy a pachanga/party or two. 

Chapo, considered the second wealthiest man in Mexico (behind Carlos Slim), rose from poverty to power and clearly likes to enjoy the good things in life.  He appears to be enjoying life more especially after being incarcerated for eight years before his legendary escape in a laundry cart.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Drive Drunk? You Could See Your Mug Shot on Facebook

Drive Drunk? You Could See Your Mug Shot on Facebook

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Officials in Huntington Beach, after seeing police battling the high number of drunk drivers in the area for some time now, are getting creative when it comes to deterrents. They’re hoping that shame + Facebook will equal no more drunk drivers.

City official Devin Dwyer has already begun using Facebook to shame people into no longer driving after one too many cervezas, though the official vote for it was not until Tuesday. The mug shots of serial drunk drivers are displayed on the he wanted to post the mug shots of all drunk drivers, but has since focused more on those who repeatedly endanger themselves and others. He said he came up with the “wall of shame” after the local paper stopped publishing the arrest logs.

“If it takes shaming people to save lives, I am willing to do it,” Dwyer told an AP reporter. “I’m hoping it prevents others from getting behind the wheel … inebriated.”

Comparable to 55 other California cities of about the same size, Huntington Beach is ranked No. 1 for alcohol related fatalities, but despite 195 people being killed or injured in these incidents in 2009, not everyone is a fan of Dwyer’s Facebook idea.

Some local police officials expressed that “law enforcement is not about public shaming,” while others worry that town residents may object to posting mug shots of people arrested, not tried and convicted, in DUI cases.

Huntington Beach councilwoman, Connie Boardman disagrees with the tactic simply because she said it won’t work.

“People who habitually drink and drive are alcoholics and are not going to be shamed by this,” she told a reporter. “But their parents and their spouses would be mortified.”

Despite Dwyer’s realization of using the social networking site to dissuade people to drink and drive, Huntington Beach isn’t the first city to use the site in such a way.

Honolulu, Hawaii and Evesham Township, New Jersey have both used Facebook to post their drivers’ mug shots. Though in Evesham, where they were posting every DUI mug shot, a county prosecutor shut down their site after only 4 months, and in Honolulu, despite a huge fan base that even resulted in a fan page, their page was removed without explanation.

In California, the law allows police to release photos of people arrested, so no lawsuits are anticipated over the Facebook-shame deterrent.

Read more at New York Daily News →

Two New Mexico Third Graders Caught Smoking Pot at School

The principal of Berrendo Elementary School is punishing two third-graders she caught lighting up marijuana cigarettes in the school’s bathroom.  The average age of third-graders is 8 or 9 years old.

Local deputies in Roswell, New Mexico where the school is located asked one of the boys if he has ever done anything like this before, his response was shocking – ‘he hit it hard a lot’. 

To keep the matter from escalating the principal is handling the punishment of the students internally and will not press criminal charges against the youth. 

Read more at KOAT →

Lost Dog Finds Family After Four Moves and Five Years

Lost Dog Finds Family After Four Moves and Five Years

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Anyone who has ever lost a dog, knows exactly what one California woman went through years ago when her Shih Tzu disappeared.

Five years ago, Myrna Carrillo’s 3-year-old Shih Tzu, Prince, went missing from the Delano, California home she shared with her mother. Myrna said that although she always thought she’d never see Prince again, her and her siblings often wondered if they might one day find out where he went.

ImageSince then, the now-married mother of two has moved around town four times.

Then last week, when Carrillo came home from work, she was greeted with a surprise. Her long-lost Prince was standing at her door, seemingly waiting for her.

“I was a bit scared,” said Carrillo. “I thought I was seeing [things].”

Comparing pictures of her long-lost friend to the dog now outside her door, Carrillo and her husband are almost certain it is Prince, and said, not only did they recognize him, but he certainly recognizes them.

Carrillo says her sons have already gotten attached to the dog, just like their mom, and adds that after a five-year journey, Prince is a happy (re)addition to the family.

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Former Army Officer, Roderick Sanchez, Sentenced for Taking Bribes for Govt Contracts in Iraq

A U.S. Army contracting officer was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge in Denver to 60 months in prison for accepting money and items of value in return for being influenced in the awarding of Army contracts.

Judge Arguello also ordered Army Major Roderick D. Sanchez, 45, of Pueblo, Colo., to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, and to pay a $15,000 fine. 

In addition, Sanchez was ordered to forfeit Rolex watches, real estate, a camping trailer, a Dodge Ram truck and other property purchased with the proceeds of the bribery scheme.  Sanchez pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on Oct. 27, 2010, to one count of bribery.

According to court documents, Sanchez was employed by the U.S. Army and deployed overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait as a contracting officer at various times from approximately 2004 until 2007.  Sanchez admitted that during that time period , he accepted illicit and secret bribe payments from foreign companies seeking to secure Army contracts. 

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Colombian Actor John Leguízamo to Produce an Album with La Fania (VIDEO)

Colombian Actor John Leguízamo to Produce an Album with La Fania.  The production will be a compilation of songs from the Fania Recordings catalog that were popular when the actor was growing up, and will accompany the upcoming Broadway run of Leguizamo’s latest solo show, Ghetto Klown. Fania is the leading salsa record label in the U.S.

Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s hugely popular personal and professional story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, leading audiences on a fever-pitch adventure and heating up the stage with vivid accounts of where he’s been and the colorful characters who have populated his life. Leguizamo takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career during the outrageous 80s avant-garde theatre scene, and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

“I am honored to be able to collaborate with the legendary label and re-visit all my favorite classics,” Leguizamo said in a statement. “It is a dream to create my own compilation with the songs I grew up with and were inspiration for all my shows.”

Performances of the show will begin February 21st, ahead of a grand opening scheduled for March 22.

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Mexico’s South Border Becoming Just as Violent as the North, Priest Needs Police Protection

As the drug war continues at Mexico’s northern border, the violence of the south seems to be overlooked. The situation has gotten so bad that a even priest helping shelter Guatemalan migrants is asking police for protection.

In Mexico’s poorest region, which includes the southern states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, and others, groups claiming to be part of the Zetas drug cartel have set up crime networks, as they did in the north, to control the routing of migrants, drugs, and other contraband. Parts of northern Guatemala have been infiltrated by the group as well, and they’ve have intimidated the local population by gruesomely murdering people to give examples of what happens to anyone considering resisting the groups’ control.

Both street vendors and the wealthy have been kidnapped and subjected to extortion in the capital, Oaxaca City. Last year the organization became the prime suspects in the disappearance of more than 40 Central American migrants in the south, and the massacre of 72 migrants in the north.

The disappearance of the 40 from Central America drew international attention, as the El Salvadoran foreign ministry reported the crime to Mexican officials, who denied the incident ever happened. The travelers were last seen near Ixtepec on December 16th. After being kidnapped,  20 of the travelers escaped, and received shelter from Rev. Alejandro Solalinde, who after learning the kidnappers had ties to the Zetas, sought protection, and now has police patrol outside the shelter.

Mexico’s government says the Zetas operate similar to a franchise in that they send one person to an area to recruit local criminals and/or force people to fight with them. The cartel is different than others, because they don’t settle and fight for specific areas. Instead, they branch out, and fight to take as much as they can, anywhere they can. According to Washington think tank, Grupos Savant, as of 2008, the Zetas had operations going in 28 of Mexico’s major cities.

Read more at AP →

NM New Republican Gov. Susana Martinez Priority: Revoke Licenses of Illegal Immigrants

The newly elected Republican governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, is making driver’s license for illegal immigrants a top priority.  The first Latina governor, she is of Mexican-American descent, came to office as a Tea Party candidate and strict fiscal conservative with a strong anti-immigrant position.

The first Latina governor, she is of Mexican-American descent, came in office as a Tea Party candidate and strict fiscal conservative with a strong anti-immigrant position.  New Mexico is one of three states where illegal immigrants can get driver’s licenses, making it a draw from them to come to the state, Martinez claims.

She not only wants to stop illegal immigrant’s from getting driver’s licenses legally she wants those that have already been issued to them revoked. 

Numerous immigrant advocate organizations were seen protesting at her first State of the State Address, where she laid out her legislative priorities – this being one of them. 

Read more at KOAT →

Hugo Chavez Pays His Way Into The F1 Racing With Govt Oil Money (VIDEO)

State owned Petróleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, the world’s fifth largest oil exporter has signed a very generous (rumors say $16m) sponsorship deal with the renowned AT&T Williams F1 racing team, new home of Venezuelan driver and reigning GP2 Series champion Pastor Maldonado.

World presidents are not usually the ones that announce Formula 1 deals, but then again not many are prone to nationalizing oil companies either.

But Hugo Chávez announced to a very large crowd gathered at the emblematic “Paseo de los Próceres” monument plaza in Caracas, where a track was improvised for Maldonado to drive the British team’s 2010 FW32 for a few laps.

“It was unbelievable to share this experience with my fellow Venezuelans,” said Maldonado. “The amount of people that turned out to watch was just amazing. Los Próceres is a very important place,  so to drive a Formula One car there is special to me.”

Maldonado will drive for the same team that Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya drove for in the early 2000’s and will replace German Nico Hulkenberg through the 2011 season, the first one in almost 30 years where neither driver hails from Europe; Maldonado’s team-mate is none other than probably the most experienced driver in F1 today, Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.

The “donation” that came with their new driver, couldn’t come at a better time for AT&T Williams, who lost several of their sponsors in 2010, including the giant RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland).

“They are a substantial partner and can make a meaningful difference to our fighting ability,” Team owner Frank Williams said.

 

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Leading Hispanic Organization Opposed to Repeal of Health Care Reform

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., is urging all members of Congress to vote no on the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” (H.R. 2 and H.Res 9).

NCLR views health care reform as having provided a great opportunity to increase access to more affordable, quality health coverage for millions of Latinos and other Americans. 

In 2009, there were nearly 16 million Latinos who, unable to gain access to health coverage through their employer or current public insurance programs, did not have coverage for the entire year.

Furthermore, the new laws improve health care for the majority of Hispanics who are insured by expanding consumer protections and strengthening civil rights in health care settings.

NCLR recognizes that the current health care reform plan is imperfect; it does however take steps to fix a broken system.  A wholesale repeal without alternatives does nothing to address the broken system that existed before the the healthcare reform legislation was voted on. 

Read more at NCLR →

Futbolist Salvador Cabañas’ Shooter Captured in Mexico City

When futbolist Salvador Cabañas, who played for Paraguay and Mexico’s teams, was shot everyone knew who did it, the problem was finding the elusive Jose Balderas Garza.

Garza had been in hiding for nearly a year after shooing Cabanas in the bathroom of a bar in Mexico on January 25, 2010– the entire incident was captured on video tape.  The two men had argued over Mexican futbol allegedly, whereas Cabañas maintains he was shot during a robbery attempt.

Garza is also suspected to being the financial operative of a drug cartel.  He was captured with six other men in Mexico City carrying guns and cocaine.

Cabanas, 30 years-old, was shot in the head, survived and the bullet remains lodged in his head.  He was the most prolific goal maker for all the Americas in 2007 and had strong seasons all the way up to the day he was shot.  It is not known if he will every play again. 

Read more at BBC →

Guatemala Extends its State of Siege, President Says “Drug Traffickers Have Us Cornered”

Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom has announced that he is extending the country’s declared state of siege that is in effect in the provinces that border Mexico.

Colom put the original state of siege in place back in December of 2010 that sent hundreds of military troops to border areas that were being overrun and controlled by the violent Los Zetas drug cartel from Mexico. 

The President feels their efforts have been successful but incomplete therefore justifying the 30 day extension “because more needs to be done.”  In a statement the President said, “Organizing crime is not just infiltrating us, it pains me to say it but drug traffickers have us cornered.”

The state of siege allows the Guatemalan military to hold suspects without warrants, curtails public gatherings, prohibit gun possession and also controls local media reporting.

Read more at Reuters →

CDC Outbreak Notice: Dengue Fever

CDC Outbreak Notice: Dengue Fever

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With more than one-third of the world’s population living in areas at risk for transmission, dengue infection is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 100 million people are infected yearly.

Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. There are not yet any vaccines to prevent infection with dengue virus (DENV) and the most effective protective measures are those that avoid mosquito bites. When infected, early recognition and prompt supportive treatment can substantially lower the risk of developing severe disease.

Dengue has emerged as a worldwide problem only since the 1950s. Although dengue rarely occurs in the continental United States, it is endemic in Puerto Rico, and in many popular tourist destinations in Latin America and Southeast Asia; periodic outbreaks occur in Samoa and Guam.


Situation Information

Dengue fever is the most common cause of fever in travelers returning from the Caribbean, Central America, and South Central Asia.1 Dengue is reported commonly from most tropical and subtropical countries of Oceania, Asia, the Caribbean, the Americas, and occasionally from Africa. This disease is caused by four similar viruses (DENV-1, -2, -3, and -4) and is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Dengue virus (DENV) transmission occurs in both rural and urban areas; however, dengue infections are most often reported from urban settings. For the most up-to-date information on dengue worldwide, see the DengueMap on the CDC website.
The Americas and the Caribbean
Most countries in Central and South America, as well as in the Caribbean, are reporting dengue activity. As of September 8, 2010, 1,432,410 dengue cases have been reported throughout the Americas. Of these reported cases, 30,820 cases have been reported as severe dengue. Although dengue activity is reported every year in this region, circulation in parts of Central America and the Caribbean has been unusually high in 2010.

The parts of Central America and the Caribbean with unusually high activity are Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

In addition, a few dengue cases are being reported in the United States in Key West, Florida. Dengue has not typically been reported in this area. For more information about the situation, see the Local Dengue Transmission in Key West, Florida webpage on the CDC website.

Advice for Travelers

Travelers can reduce their risk of infection with dengue fever by protecting themselves from mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread dengue usually bite at dusk and dawn but may bite at any time during the day, especially indoors, in shady areas, or when the weather is cloudy.

Travelers should follow the steps below to protect themselves from mosquito bites:

Where possible, stay in hotels or resorts that are well screened or air conditioned and that take measures such as spraying with insecticide to reduce the mosquito population.
When outdoors or in a building that is not well screened, use insect repellent on uncovered skin. If sunscreen is needed, apply before applying insect repellent.
Look for a repellent that contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535. Always follow the instructions on the label when you use the repellent.
In general, repellents protect longer against mosquito bites when they have a higher concentration (percentage) of any of these active ingredients. However, concentrations above 50% do not offer a marked increase in protection time. Products with less than 10% of an active ingredient may offer only limited protection, often no longer than 1-2 hours.
The American Academy of Pediatrics approves the use of repellents with up to 30% DEET on children more than 2 months old.
Protect babies less than 2 months old by using a carrier draped with mosquito netting with an elastic edge for a tight fit. For more information about the use of repellent on infants and children, please see the “Insect and Other Arthropod Protection” section in Traveling Safely with Infants and Children and the “Children” section of CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about Repellent Use.
For more information on the use of insect repellents, see the information on the Mosquito and Tick Protection webpage.
Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
For greater protection, clothing may also be sprayed with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent. (Remember: don’t use permethrin on skin.)

Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms of dengue include:

fever
severe headache
pain behind the eyes
joint and muscle pain
rash
nausea/vomiting
hemorrhagic (bleeding) manifestations
Usually dengue fever causes a mild illness, but it can be severe and lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), which can be fatal if not treated. People who have previously been infected with dengue fever are more at risk of getting severe dengue.

No vaccine is available to prevent dengue, and there is no specific medicine to cure illness caused by dengue. Those who become ill with dengue fever can be given medicine to reduce fever, such as acetaminophen, and may need oral rehydration or intravenous fluids and, in severe cases, treatment to support their blood pressure. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), aspirin-containing drugs, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., ibuprofen) should be avoided because of the possibility of bleeding. Early recognition and treatment of severe dengue (e.g., signs and symptoms consistent with impending blood pressure failure) can reduce the risk of death.

If you return from a trip abroad and get sick with a fever, you should seek medical care. Be sure to tell the doctor or other health-care provider about your recent travel.

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Athens County Ohio Next to Benefit from ICE Strategy to use Biometrics to Remove Aliens

Athens County Ohio Next to Benefit from ICE Strategy to use Biometrics to Remove Aliens

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On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information sharing capability in Athens County that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law enforcement’s custody for a crime. This capability is part of Secure Communities-ICE’s comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of aliens convicted of a crime from the United States.

Previously, biometrics-fingerprints-taken of individuals charged with a crime and booked into custody were checked for criminal history information against the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). Now, through enhanced information sharing between DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), biometrics submitted through the state to the FBI will be automatically checked against both the FBI criminal history records in IAFIS and the biometrics-based immigration records in DHS’s Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT).

If fingerprints match those of someone in DHS’ biometric system, the new automated process notifies ICE. ICE evaluates each case to determine the individual’s immigration status and takes appropriate enforcement action. This includes aliens who are in lawful status and those who are present without lawful authority. Once identified through fingerprint matching, ICE will respond with a priority placed on aliens convicted of the most serious crimes first-such as those with convictions for major drug offenses, murder, rape and kidnapping.

“The Secure Communities strategy provides ICE with an effective tool to identify criminal aliens in local custody,” said Secure Communities Assistant Director David Venturella. “Enhancing public safety is at the core of ICE’s mission. Our goal is to use biometric information sharing to remove criminal aliens, preventing them from being released back into the community, with little or no additional burden on our law enforcement partners.”

With the expansion of the biometric information sharing capability to Athens County, ICE is using this capability in 15 Ohio jurisdictions, including 14 previously participating counties. Across the country, ICE is using this capability in 986 jurisdictions in 37 states. By 2013, ICE plans to be able to respond nationwide to all fingerprint matches generated through IDENT/IAFIS interoperability.

Since ICE began using this enhanced information sharing capability in October 2008, immigration officers have removed from the United States more than 59,000 aliens convicted of a crime. ICE does not regard aliens charged with, but not yet convicted of crimes, as “criminal aliens.” Instead, a “criminal alien” is an alien convicted of a crime. In accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, ICE continues to take action on aliens subject to removal as resources permit.

The IDENT system is maintained by DHS’s US-VISIT program and IAFIS is maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).

“US VISIT is proud to support ICE, helping provide decision makers with comprehensive, reliable information when and where they need it,” said US-VISIT Director Robert Mocny. “By enhancing the interoperability of DHS’s and the FBI’s biometric systems, we are able to give federal, state and local decision makers information that helps them better protect our communities and our nation.”

“Under this plan, ICE will be utilizing FBI system enhancements that allow improved information sharing at the state and local law enforcement level based on positive identification of incarcerated criminal aliens,” said Daniel D. Roberts, assistant director of the FBI’s CJIS Division. “Additionally, ICE and the FBI are working together to take advantage of the strong relationships already forged between the FBI and state and local law enforcement necessary to assist ICE in achieving its goals.”

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WednesdayJanuary 19, 2011