A massive oil spill in Colombia has been blamed for thousands of deaths and injuries.
Colombia’s National Commission for Disaster Prevention and Emergency Management said on Thursday that it was the worst-ever oil spill ever caused by mining in the country.
The spill occurred in a mining area in the southern town of Quirino de La Laguna, which is about 70km (43 miles) from the capital Bogota.
More than 5,000 workers were evacuated and several people died.
The spill is thought to have leaked more than 1,300 barrels (1,500 gallons) of oil into the sea, a process known as hydraulic fracturing.
The commission said that its workers were also at risk of contracting the virus, but did not say how many people were infected.
In February, Colombia’s Interior Minister Carlos Romero said that the government was investigating the cause of the spill and the cause was being investigated by the US and Colombia.
In the latest incident, the US Geological Survey said the oil had been released from a well at a mining site near the town of Tijuca.
Colonel Enrique Gomez, the head of the commission, told reporters that the commission’s team had visited the site and found no signs of oil or gas.
The government has asked the US to investigate the cause.
The accident comes amid a wave of oil spills across Latin America.
A wave of spills in the Caribbean islands of Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico caused more than 200 deaths and millions of dollars in damage.
In Haiti, a pipeline owned by a French company broke in June, sending thousands of tonnes of crude oil into shallow waters.