Viral encephalitis (brain inflammation) reported in Darien Province, Panama

From August 7th through September 10th, there were 12 cases of viral encephalitis (brain inflammation) reported in Darien province. Eleven of the people were infected with the virus called Venezuelan equine encephalitis [VEE virus], and one was infected with the virus called Eastern equine encephalitis [EEE]. One of the people infected with VEE has died.

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Advice For Travellers

Equine encephalitis [both EEE and VEE] are viral diseases transmitted by mosquito bites to people, horses and other animals. These viral infections cause varying and non-specific clinical symptoms that range from mild to moderate to fatal. Although the risk is low for the general traveller, the risk can be reduced by following all the measures to avoid mosquito bites.

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