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Malaria and Dengue in Coastal Ecuador



Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 22:18:35 -0500 (EST)
From: ProMED-mail
Subject: PRO/EDR> Dengue - Equador
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DENGUE - ECUADOR
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[see also:
Arthropod-borne diseases, alert - Ecuador 20000314200941]

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 04:44:59 PST
From: M. Cosgriff
Source: CNEWS, 16 Mar 2000

An outbreak of malaria and dengue fever has killed at least 14 people and has infected more than 14 000 others in Ecuador, health officials said Wednesday. The Health Ministry called for a medical state of emergency in 17 of Ecuador's 23 provinces, along the Pacific coast and in interior jungle regions bordering Peru and Colombia.

So far 14,192 cases of malaria have been confirmed, and six people have died. Health officials also detected 220 cases [eight deaths] of dengue, known to many as break-bone fever because of the excruciating muscle and joint pains it causes, said Jorge Zambrano, Director of the National Health Center director.

The last outbreak in Ecuador occurred in 1997 and 1998 during the El Nino weather phenomenon, which ravaged this small Andean nation of 12 million people with heavy flooding -- creating a perfect environment for mosquitoes.

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[I did not include "dengue hemorrhagic fever" (DHF) in the headers for this posting because the article did not specifically mention that complication. However, with eight deaths of 220 cases, I suspect there has been some DHF. - Mod.CHC]
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