Only in the first nine weeks of 2013, the Ministry of Health confirmed that in the country there have been 2,313 cases of dengue, divided into no warning signs dengue (2,143 cases), dengue with warning signs (153) and severe or hemorrhagic dengue (17).
So far five people are known to have died from the epidemic. The first to die was a child in the province of Los Rios, other corresponded to two adults in Manabi and a 13 year-old girl of that province.
Manabi province is the most affected so far with 614 cases reported, followed by Guayas with 417 patients and Los Rios with 328.
With the influx of cases in Manabi, the Cantonal Council of Health, Municipality and Ministry of Health presented in Manta days ago a campaign called “By removing old tires, we eliminate dengue breeding.”
Veronica Abad, president of the Board of Health, said the goal is to prevent the wheels from becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes and dengue larvae.