Ecuador border on Alert for Chikungunya virus, 1000 cases in Colombia

Posted on September 19, 2014 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Latin America Health, Latin America Travel reported,-more than a thousand cases of the Chikungunya virus detected in Colombia, set alarms on the border with Ecuador, where controls have been strengthened to its high probability of admission.

The announcement of Colombian health authorities that there would be more than one thousand of affected by the disease, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti, led Ecuador to activate in the border area contingency plans.

The provincial director of health Ecuadorian, Francisco Quiñónez, told reporters that although the virus still does not circulate in Ecuador, the Ministry of health is already taking steps to establish an epidemiological fence in the area.


As part of the prevention plan, it has called on the population of the border area with Colombia, follow very similar to those used against dengue, how to remove any vector breeding sites.

Provinces have the highest risk as Esmeraldas, where the virus could begin circulating by passenger traffic that exists with cities in the southwest of Colombia, said Friday residents of the region.

The Ecuadorian Ministry of health, said the day before that although indigenous or imported cases of the disease have not been detected, do “monitoring system is activated and alert to the possible introduction”. Read Article

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