Ecuador, Zika Virus Alert

Posted on October 22, 2015 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Latin America Health

Quito (Pichincha).- The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador (MSP) issued an epidemiological alert mandatory for health facilities of the Comprehensive Public Health Network and the complementary network due to the epidemiological alert issued by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO), for nine cases of Zika virus in Colombia.

The international alert says: “With the expansion of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / ​​World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to its Member States to establish and maintain the capacity to detect and confirm cases of infection, prepare health services for a potential additional burden at all levels of health care, and implement an effective public communication strategy to reduce the presence of the mosquito”. Cases of Zika fever in Brazil, were confirmed in May 2015; also, in Isla de Pascua in Chile in February 2014. REPORTED The epidemiological alert issued by the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador (MSP) will allow early detection of any patient with suspected symptoms such as fever below 38.5 C, inflammation of the joints in the hands and feet, red spots on the skin, conjunctivitis. A fever below 38.5 C and conjunctivitis differences Zika from dengue and chikungunya.

The notification in case of suspicion must be immediate and sampling and investigation of the case within the first 48 hours, home visits, community active search, classification and final case report.


Zika fever is a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which are the same transmitters of dengue and chikungunya. In our country there is endemic presence of the mosquito Aedes Aegyptus. To transmit the disease, one of these mosquitoes must bite a sick person and then a healthy person.

The disease is caused by the virus Zika and consists of mild fever, rash, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, malaise and conjunctivitis that occurs within three to twelve days after the bite of a mosquito. One in four people may not develop symptoms, but symptoms can last between two and seven days.

The symptoms are similar to dengue and chikungunya. A person can only get sick once with Zika. The treatment is to relieve pain and fever or other discomfort the patient experiences. / MSP/ VMT El Ciudadano READ ARTICLE

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