Dengue fever and Chikungunya fever in Ecuador

Ecuador has reported more than 10,000 cases of dengue fever. All districts are affected, excepted the province of Carchi. The most affected areas are Manabí, El Oro, and Guayas.

There have been about 1,300 cases of Chikungunya fever in the country. Twenty-one (21) provinces (out of 24) are affected. The most affected provinces are El Oro, Guayas, Esmeraldas, Manabí and Santo Domingo de los Colorados.
Most cases were found in women from 20 to 49 years-old.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other areas does not mean that there is no dengue or chikungunya fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All travellers to areas where these viruses are active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue or chikungunya infections do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.