QUITO – A 4-month-old boy died from dengue fever in the city of Guayaquil, in southwest Ecuador, which has reported a total of 2,692 cases of the disease so far this year, the Public Health Ministry announced Thursday.
In January, the death of a little girl was also reported, also from dengue fever, in the province of Guayas, the capital of which is Guayaquil.
Of the 2,692 cases, 27 are of the serious and potentially fatal form of the disease, the ministry said.
The number of cases is more than twice the number reported at the same time last year, when 1,010 cases had been registered, 11 of them of the deadly form of the disease, the ministry said in a communique, in which it noted that during that period in 2011 there was one death.
The greatest number of dengue cases reported this year has been in Guayas province, followed by Los Rios, Manabi and El Oro.
The ministry said that 70 percent of Ecuador’s national territory has environmental conditions favorable for the reproduction of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the transmission vector for dengue fever.
The last significant outbreak of the disease in Ecuador was in 2010, when 4,000 people were infected and 4 of them died. EFE