On a German blog I read the sad story of a family on Margarita that had two of their three dogs terminated by government officials in an attempt to stop a disease called leishmaniasis. I understand that this disease is initially spread through the bites of sandflies.
Now I have been bitten plenty of times by sandflies on the beaches of Margarita, but it worries me that, according to Wikipedia, it can take weeks, months or even years before the symptoms appear.
So what is the situation on Margarita? Will killing all the (stray) dogs on Margarita put a halt to the leishmaniasis? Are tourists in risk? I was planning to go to Margarita for two months this summer, but now I am in serious doubt.
If you google "leishmaniasis" and "margarita" you will have to conclude that this problem already existed in the 90's on Margarita and only now the authorities seem to be doing something about is. BTW: those poor dogs....