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Yellow Fever Vaccine Recommended for Brazil-bound Travelers

Panama’s Ministry of Health says that anyone traveling to Brazil should get a yellow fever vaccine. In January, Brazilian health authorities detected a yellow fever outbreak, particularly in the states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Esparto Santo, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. To date, there have been over 430 cases. Yellow fever, like dengue and…

Public Services to Investigate Friday Blackout

The National Public Services Authority will investigate a blackout that left many parts of Panama City and Colon in the dark on Friday night. The power cut was reportedly due to a series of explosions and fire caused by damaged meter pieces in the Condado del Rey substation, requiring the electric transmission company to pull the…

Panama Canal to Launch High-Tech Transit Management System

The Panama Canal Administration announced that it will put a new state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system in place in response to growing traffic through the waterway. The system – developed with Quintiq, a Dutch company that specializes in supply chain planning and optimization software to the maritime, transportation and logistics industries – plans to transform how the Panama Canal plans…

Earthquake Shakes Panama City

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook Panama City and surrounding areas midday on Monday. The Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama reported the quake at 2:35 p.m. local time at a depth of 4 miles in the Bay of Panama, not far from Isla del Rey in the Las Perla Archipelago. It lasted for five seconds. Metro stations and public buildings were…

This Week’s Water Cuts

Water service will be cut to parts of Upper Arraijan and Burunga today, Tuesday, and to San Francisco on Wednesday for much of the day. The first suspension will take place from 7 am to 4 pm to accommodate repairs to the Miraflores water treatment plant pipeline. Water consumers have been advised that it could take 12…