Chikungunya in Ecuador

by Wayne Ghesquiere on May 29, 2015

There are currently 1,280 cases  of Chikungunya occurring weekly in Ecuador.  Cases of Chikungunya fever are primarily being reported in Esmeraldas, Manabí and Guaya provinces.

Chikungunya is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Travellers returning with a fever from Ecuador should seek medical attention and inform their provider of their recent travel.

For Travellers:

There is no vaccine to protect against Chikungunya fever.  Travellers are advised to practice daytime insect precautions.

The Chikungunya mosquito has peak feeding time in the early morning and late afternoon.

Repellents containg DEET ( no stronger than 35%) is the most effective in preventing insect bites.

Symptoms for Chikungunya are similar to those of Dengue Fever and usually occur within 2-12 days from exposure.  Most patient will fully recover however some people do experience ongoing joint pain for months or years.

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