Mexico Bob: 11/2008 - 12/2008

On October 31st I published a post entitled "The Living and the Dead" in which I mentioned the general dearth of flowers in United States cemeteries and how in Mexico the flowers had not yet vanished. I think that I may have written that prematurely. On Sunday, November 2nd my wife Gina and I went to the local cemetery to clean her family's grave and to place flowers. It just so happens that Irapuato has reported several cases of Dengue Fever this year and is making a great effort to prevent the spread of Aedes Aegypti, which is the name of the vector mosquito that carries the disease. Dengue comes in four different forms and one of them, Dengue Haemorrhagic, is very serious and life threatening, especially to children. It's symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and bleeding.

When we arrived at the cemetery we learned that the water spigots in the cemetery had been turned off and that no one was able to bring water into the cemetery. In addition, the city had already begun filling the traditional flower receptacles with sand so they could not be used by mosquitoes for breeding purposes. I took photos of two signs that explained it all in Spanish and I thought that they would make an interesting Spanish Lesson. Through my own learning experience I found that studying notices of this type are excellent ways to build your vocabulary. Sometimes the words you see in the notice of this type do not match the definitions that you may find in your handy dandy Spanish / English dictionary. For that reason I have translated the English into colloquial English and added some notes at the end with explanations of certain words.

By order of the municipal health committee from this day forward as a measure of prevention against dengue the flower receptacles in this area will be filled with sand to avoid them becoming converted into incubators of mosquito disease transmitting. DENGUE DISEASE IS PREVENTED WITH CLEAN PATIO STRATEGY AND STORAGE WATER CARE

Dengue disease is prevented by the strategy of clean yard and care of stored water
Dengue disease is preventable by the strategy of a

1.) Keep your yard and roof clean, without grass and tidy.

2) Cover the containers that store the water you use and consume in your home.

3.) Allows the Health Brigade to disinfect water tanks, such as water tanks, cisterns, tambos, and basins.


4.) Wash and brush the tanks and change the water of buckets, vases and water troughs every third day.
Wash and brush receptacles and change the water in buckets, flower holders, a nd water troughs every three days.

5.) Place the lid or lid and place the containers you use as tanks and containers; and pierce your pots so that the water flows.

7.) Install mosquito nets on doors and windows.

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8.) Allow the health brigade to enter your house and follow its recommendations < 9) Go to the health unit if you have a fever, headache, and behind the eyes, general body ailment.

, joints, or joints.

10.) Do not self-medicate.

10. > Do not self medicate.

The yard around my house is my responsibility To keep clean and orderly so it doesn ' t cause illness.

In the first notice they used the word "mosco" to refer to a mosquito. You can not find "fly" in your dictionary but you will find "fly" which means "fly". The word "mosco" is a slang term for mosquito which is also often called "zancudo" (zahn-COO-doh).

for roof In Mexico an "roof" means a flat roof that you can usually walk on and can serve as a roof patio. The type of roof that is most common in the U.S. which we call a "gable roof" is called a "roof of two waters" or "a roof of two waters" in Mexico.

In line five of the second notice you will find the word "embases" (containers) but you wont't find it in your dictionary because it is spelled wrong. The letter "b" should be a "v" and this is a fairly common mistake.

In line seven of the second notice you will find the word mosquitero. In the first nine months of the year, the mosquito is often referred to as "mosquito" or "mosquito". "joints" and "joints". They both mean the same thing, "joints", as in elbow joint or knee joint. Younger people will probably use "joints" and old folks will more probably use "joints". It is a sign that the language is evolving.

Under the photos below you will see a photo of a "vase" that the city has already filled with sand. / p>

By the way, the last picture shows Gina sitting on the edge of a tomb. Her father's mother and his grandmother are buried there and when they dies he will be buried there too. I invited you to join him when my time comes. He said there will be plenty of room. They take the bones of the people who are already there and consolidate them into little boxes which they include in the coffins of the new arrivals. Sounds okay to me. I think I just might take him up on that. I'll have to remember to bring a deck of cards!

  • Adam Floyd