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Ecuador’s Ministry of Health Reports Increase in Dengue Fever Cases

Since January 2015, Ecuador’s Ministry of Health has reported 20, 800 cases of dengue fever.  More than 2,370 weekly cases of dengue fever are being reported.   Cases are primarily occurring in Esmeraldas, Manabí, Guayas, Los Rios and El Oro Provinces.

What is Dengue Fever?

Dengue fever is a viral infection spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  There are four types of dengue viruses.  Symptom onset usually occurs 4-7 days after exposure.  It is estimated that approximately 50 million cases of dengue occur throughout the world yearly.

How Travellers Can Protect Themselves?

Travellers are advised to practice daytime insect precautions and seek Travel Health advice a minimum of 4- 6 week before departure.   There is no vaccine to prevent dengue fever.  Mosquitos that transmit dengue fever are most active during the day and especially around sunrise and sunset.

Nova Travel Clinic will ensure travelers are up to date on recommended vaccinations, and educated on illnesses that are not vaccine preventable.

For more information visit:

Health Canada

PHAC Dengue Fever Global Update

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