The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador (MSP) outlined a plan to prevent an epidemic, which includes areas of isolation and treatment in medical units, implementation of epidemiological fences in areas with cases detected, and the importation of the vaccine to combat the H1N1 virus.
The vaccine will arrive the country in late October, announced the MSP, which indicated that now is not available to start a prevention campaign because it is produced seasonally, but they are using the antiviral Oseltamivir to treat those infected.
The MSP plans to vaccinate 4 million people within the months prior to the rainy season.
Until today are confirmed 3 deaths and 51 cases in Ecuador. Until last Tuesday, in Colombia there were 34 deaths and 479 people infected, and in Peru were reported 3 deaths and 73 cases, mainly in Lima and Callao.
In Ecuador, also a surveillance monitoring, found that the AH3N2 virus, a most common type of influenza, was diagnosed in 236 people who has been hospitalized, 9 of them in intensive care and 10 are dead. In regard to the influenza type B, there are 73 cases and 4 deaths.