21/03/2013 - Ministry of Health official Rogelio Muñoz reported that experts are continuing to analyze the smoke from the garbage fire at the Cerro Patacón landfill to determine if it poses a risk to the general public.
Experts from the University of Panama are conducting the study, and the results will be released as soon as it is finished.
According to the official, the smoke will likely take at least a week to dissipate, and it will likely cause irritation to the throat, eyes and lungs and could cause headaches, dizziness and nausea. He pointed out that people suffering from these symptons should seek treatment.
He said that people should cover their mouths if exposed to the smoke.
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