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New dengue outbreak worries health authorities in Ecuador

Dengue-Positivo-Mosquito
Quito, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) The Public Health Ministry of Ecuador detected today the first case of dengue in the province of Pichincha, while another infectious outbreak is causing concern in Cotopaxi, where two people died.

The district health director of La Mana, in Cotopaxi, Christian Moreira, said that the district is going through an outbreak of the virus transmitted by mosquito bites, and so far it is known that a pregnant woman and a teenager died as a result of the disease, he said.

Moreira explained that they have registered more than 100 cases so far this year and it is estimated that there are an equal or greater number of undetected patients.

Unfortunately, the outbreak is prior to the beginning of the El Niño phenomenon, which makes us fear that, with the presence of rains, this could increase, warned the official in declarations to Marca TV.

So far, the Health Ministry has registered 19,450 cases of dengue fever at national level, 40 percent more than that reported in the same period of 2022.

Last September 8, the health agency issued an epidemiological alert for the provinces of Manabí, Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas and Esmeraldas.

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