Description Sinamaica Lagoon is a large extension of water located northwest of Zulia state, Venezuela. The Paraujano population or ethnic Au that inhabit this area have been lived on the Lagoon, in stilted houses over the water palafitos, since pre-colonial times. People living there, now estimated at 2800, use this body of water for fishing, transport, and other activities. According to available epidemiological data, enteritis is one of the principal causes of mortality in children from one to four in this zone. Water samples from ten different sites of the lagoon were taken monthly throughout a nine-month period. Microbiological parameters analyzed included: Most Probable Number (MPN) of total and faecal coliforms and faecal streptococci and enterococci (per 100 mL), Plate Forming Unit of coliphage (per 100 mL) and tests for the presence of Salmonella, Shigella and other Enterobacteriaceae. A wide range of distribution of the different faecal indicators was found: TC <3.0x100 - >2.4x103, FC 2.1x102 - 1.1x104, C 0 - 4.3x102 y FS y E <2.0x101 - 1.1x104. The Enterobacteriaceae most frequently isolated were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella and Enterobacter 30.53%, 19.08% and 15.26%, respectively. Shigella and Salmonella were present in 12.97% and 3.05% of total samples. Total and faecal coliform levels exceeded the Venezuelan guideline for recreational water, in more than 50% of the samples. We concluded that waters of Sinamaica Lagoon are microbiologically polluted and represent a health risk for its inhabitants.
Aaron Sosa, Caracas - Ciudad de Panama Member Since August 2010 Artist Statement Aaron Sosa (b.1980) is a freelance photographer based in Caracas, Venezuela where he works serving international editorial and corporate clients. His work has been exhibited in over 60 gallery showings across Europe and Latin America.
He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his documentary work and has served as an ambassador of the arts throughout Latin America on speaking tours and through teaching University-level workshops, most notably with the Latin American Kaleidoscope Project. In between assignments and travels, Sosa may be found roaming the streets with his Holga, up to his elbows in fixer in his darkroom or working with children's NGOs to teach photography to disadvantaged youths in the slums of Caracas.