Chikungunya: As of today May 22, 2015 there are reported to be 11,897 incidents of Chikungunya and two deaths in Ecuador. Most of these reported cases are in the provinces of Guayas, Esmeraldas and Manabi. The two deaths are reported to be in the province of Esmeraldas.
I am posting a few bulletins with regards to Chikungunya, how to avoid it and how to have it treated.
World Health Organiation: http://www.searo.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/topics/Chikungunya_FactSheet_Chikungunyafever.pdf
Dengue: In the same article referenced above in El Diario there are 17,824 incidents of dengue and two deaths. Concentration of these incidents has been reported in Guayas, Manabi and Esmeraldas provinces. According to the local paper there is a third death, a 16 year old boy in Rocafuerte. This would bring the death toll to three.
Very interesting and important side note on both Dengue and Chikungunya: If you take daily aspirin or a blood thinner or similar you are at increased risk if you contact one of these two diseases. With dengue it can elevate to hemorrhagic fever which can be fatal. In Chikungunya there is a danger in increased bleeding as some of the symptoms may include bleeding from the nose, bleeding internally, and the like.
The reason this fact is interesting is that a lot of us Expats probably take aspirin daily and some perhaps other medications like blood thinners for heart issues. And have never thought of or have not been advised of the increased risk they may have should they encounter one of these two not uncommon illnesses. I know that during dengue outbreaks they take ibuprofen and similar items off the shelves.
Be sure to check for standing water, remove trash and leaves from your property and above all use insect repellent (Detan) reapplying a few times each day and if you see mosquitoes in your home sleep under a mosquito net.
So let’s be careful out there!