Ecuador declares Malaria outbreak in areas along Peru border

Posted on August 14, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency, Ecuador Travel, Latin America Health reported that 100 new cases detected in the last two weeks a malaria outbreak. 100 new cases have been confirmed in the last two weeks prior to August 6, 2016. The Ministry of Health established epidemiological surveillance along the eastern border with Peru. New infections have been detected in ZamoraChinchipe and Pastaza. Border controls have been implemented an the government have sought cooperation of Peru to “take responsibility for their border.”

So far the government reports to date in 2016 there has been 400 malaria cases detected this year. According to the government’s explanation, disease transmission occurs through the female anopheles mosquito, which can carry the parasite and reproduced in dirty water. That makes its eradication through fumigation, is more complicated than the other three diseases that plague the Andean region right now and in recent years: the dengue (11,157 cases in Ecuador), the chikungunya (1,430) and zika (1507). In these cases, it is a virus which is transmitted by a different mosquito, reproduced in clean and stagnant water. They all have similar symptoms.


The malaria alert comes four months after the World Health Organization publish a report that included Ecuador among the eight Latin American countries that were about to eradicate the disease with a view to 2020. In fact, mortality rates malaria in Latin America have fallen by 72% since 2000. in Ecuador no deaths from this cause in recent years is not recorded and since 2003 have been reduced infections by 99%. Read Article

CDC STATES: Malaria present in mll areas at altitudes <1,500 m (<4,921 ft). Not present in the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, or the Galápagos. CDC source

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