Small outbreak of equine encephalitis with human cases in Panama

There is a small outbreak of equine encephalitis virus in the province of Darién. One confirmed human cases an 8 additional suspected cases have been reported. Six of the 8 suspected cases are less than 15 years old. There are 19 confirmed “animals” (probably horses) with 2 deaths due to this infection. The human cases were recorded in El Real y Río Congo Arriba.

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Advice For Travellers

The viruses that causes equine encephalitis are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. In this report, the type of virus is not specified. Regardless, travellers in the area of the outbreak should follow all precautions to avoid mosquito bites.