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Malaria and Dengue in Coastal Ecuador



Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 20:09:41 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: PRO> Arthropod-borne diseases, alert - Ecuador
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ARTHROPOD-BORNE DISEASES, ALERT - ECUADOR
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Date: Tue 14 Mar 2000
From: Marjorie P. Pollack
Source: Quito, 14 Mar 2000 (EFE via COMTEX)

The Ecuadorian government declared a health emergency in 15 provinces threatened by epidemic outbreaks of such diseases as dengue fever and malaria. Jorge Zambrano, a Health Ministry specialist in epidemics, said Monday that the government's declaration would allow authorities to ease the process of acquiring medicine to treat the sick. This year alone, 15,000 cases of malaria have been reported, Zambrano said in a press conference.

Heavy rains throughout the country have provided fertile ground for mosquitoes - the primary disease carriers - to reproduce and spread illnesses. As a result, the number of cases reported could rise, he added. The coastal provinces of El Oro, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Guayas have been the hardest hit by the outbreaks, although numerous cases of dengue fever and malaria have also been reported in provinces in Amazonia and the mountains.
Note: probably in foothill regions only, below 1500 meters

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