Human equine encephalitis cases in Panama

Three cases (2 children and 1 adult) have been infected with equine encephalitis (brain inflammation) virus in the province of Darien. The particular type of virus is not reported. This group of viruses primarily infects horses. Sick horses have been reported in this province, indicating that the virus is circulating between horses and local mosquitoes.

Advice For Travellers

Sporadic human and equine cases have been reported in this province in the past few years. The viruses that cause this infection are all transmitted by mosquito bites. Depending on the strain of equine encephalitis virus, the resulting illness may be mild or serious. While the risk for the general traveller is very low, avoidance of mosquito bites will minimize any possible risk.