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Dengue Fever in Ecuador

10 Apr 2012

The Ministry of Health has reported that since the beginning of 2012, 4168 cases of dengue fever have been recorded in Ecuador. Of those, 65 are the more serious form, dengue haemorrhagic fever. It is estimated that 70% of Ecuador has environmental conditions suitable for the reproduction of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector responsible for transmission of dengue virus.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.