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    </td> </tr> </tbody></table> 2009-05-19 08:56:46

    QUITO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Ecuadorian medical organization is observing more than 100 people who were in contact with the child infected with the A/H1N1 virus during a trip to Miami, U.S, Public Health director of Quito Jorge Cueva said on Monday.

    Among the people under observance, there are five crew members from the commercial plane where the child traveled one week ago, as well as some customs officers and airport assistants, Cueva added.

    "We are observing them in their houses," Cueva said. None of them has showed A/H1N1 flu symptoms yet.

    Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has said that the boy, the only confirmed A/H1N1 case, was being treated and recovering at the hospital.
    The infected patient was a 12-year-old boy from Guayaquil, Ecuador's economic center, who returned to Ecuador on May 10 from the United States in a commercial flight.

  • #2
    Re: Ecuador observes more than 100 people for possible A/H1N1 flu infection

    A question I have. If H1N1-2009 is so mild, why are they observing these individuals? If they are so concerned about it spreading, why aren't they shutting down their airports? I just find it odd that they will go through so much trouble/expense to watch these individuals, when there is likely another case landing anytime now.


    • #3
      Re: Ecuador observes more than 100 people for possible A/H1N1 flu infection


      Google translation:

      Hospital network is not ready for the massive outbreak of influenza A, according to the PDH

      By Cristina Bonillo

      17:18 | 18/05/2009

      An investigation by the Human Rights Ombudsman (PDH) in public hospitals, Ministry of Health and laboratories, concluded that the State of Guatemala is not prepared to prevent or combat an epidemic of new type of influenza A H1N1.

      The conclusion is based on surveys conducted by the Ministry of Health, National Epidemiology Center, Roosevelt Hospital, Children's Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Hospital General San Juan de Dios, the anti-League, the San Vicente TB Sanatorium, IGSS hospitals The Hospital Infantil Juan Pablo II, the Economic Cabinet, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), the National Institute of Statistics and National Health Laboratory.

      About the lab, the study highlights that only has three people to carry out analysis of samples suspected to be sent to them and nationally, and are not testing for all but a few are chosen, which act as "totally irresponsible of the authorities. "

      Huehuetenango also highlights that, Jutiapa and San Marcos are the departments with greater risks because they border, but have no anivirales.

      The report says: "There is no state policy to prevent, deter and combat the effects of the outbreak of influenza A H1N1, adding to that the budget cut that had the Ministry of Public Health." Moreover, he emphasizes that there are not enough beds or isolation areas to meet people with the symptoms of the disease.

      Moreover, the report claims that there have been cases of transmission of H1N1 viruses that have not been reported.
      Cites examples of cases in the Hospital San Juan de Dios, where according to research, have used doses of Tamiflu for retroviral sick workers and practitioners of medicine and a doctor who was infected by the virus to care for patients and carriers of the same infected his family. " It cites the case of Mr. Edgar Fernando Vasquez Picnic, inside the hospital said that was not made known.

      The report demonstrates the limited capacity of national laboratories that sent last May 9 to 16 samples Valley University for analysis.


      • #4
        Re: Ecuador: Cases


        Google translation:

        Wednesday, May 20 2009, 13:57 pm

        Source: Reuters
        AREAS - Latin America
        Ecuador confirmed six new cases H1N1 flu: health official

        QUITO, May 20. - Ecuador confirmed six additional cases of the new strain of H1N1 influenza in its territory, for a total of seven infected with the disease that is spreading globally, an official said Wednesday the Ministry of Health.

        The new cases are added to the first recorded last week in a child who returned to the country from the United States and sparked fear in the population due to the possibility of an expansion of the flu.

        "These new 6 new cases are confirmed," said Undersecretary of Health, Marcelo Aguilar, Reuters.

        "We conducted laboratory tests that are used throughout the region. The certainty is very high," he added.

        Ecuador built a strong epidemiological fence on its territory to ensure that the new strain of flu will spread to other sectors.

        REUTERS AV SR /


        • #5
          Re: Ecuador: Cases


          AH1N1 with confirmed cases are related to travel to Miami and Mexico
          17:43 | Minister of Health, Caroline Chang, said this afternoon that all cases have some kind of connection with travel abroad. One of them has a connection with a passenger who arrived from Mexico.

          Drafting Guayaquil

          The Emergency Operations Committee (COE) yesterday discussed the relationship of infection among the seven new cases of influenza confirmed in Ecuador AH1N1.
          Health Minister, Caroline Chang, said this afternoon that all cases have some kind of connection with travel abroad. One of them has a connection with a passenger who arrived from Mexico.

          The rest is related to United States specifically to travel to Miami. "Why is this happening. Passengers can come asymptomatic, may even be considered at the airport and have no symptoms. But it can be in incubation period. " This virus is transmissible one days before symptoms appear until seven days later.

          That is why he redoubled security measures at airports and even while traveling. The provision is that the passengers at the time they are in the air, should wear masks. The crew must identify symptomatic cases and report immediately to health authorities. Upon arrival in Ecuador, filled a form which indicates the basic data of contact and if they display any symptoms. "And those who arrive after travel symptoms should be reported to the Ministry of Health," said Chang.

          In Guayaquil, in addition to the Hospital of Infectious Diseases, three other institutions adapt their infrastructure to receive the demand of patients with flu symptoms.

          Two tents were set up outside in the outpatient Guayaquil, in the suburbs. Until the morning, about 20 patients were treated for symptoms fever, cough and headache. On Wednesday there were 57 care for that symptom. Cesar Chong, director of the hospital, said that in the morning became a Spanish citizen in the area of emergencies, but was considered suspect and will be referred to the Infectious Diseases Hospital. In the morning was out the presence of the virus AH1N1 in this patient.

          Meanwhile, at the Hospital del Ni?o de Icaza Francisco Bustamante (Quito av.) of 1 500 patients admitted per day, 60% have flu symptoms. The director of home health, Patricia Parrales, noted that the diagnoses were upper respiratory or seasonal influenza (flu common). Until yesterday there were no suspected case.

          In the hospital installed a mobile clinic in the area outside the emergency care of children with respiratory diseases.

          At the hospital pneumologist Alfredo Valenzuela, however, was adapted from an isolation room with 20 beds. This will relieve the demand for Infectious Diseases, where an epidemic is registered in the country.


          • #6
            Re: Ecuador: Cases


            Ecuador reports new H1N1 influenza cases, infection rises to 10
            Saturday May 23 2009 12:33 GYT

            QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador has confirmed two new cases of H1N1 flu in a minor and a citizen who returned from United States, raising to 10 the number of people infected with the influenza that has spread to the world, said Saturday, the Ministry of Health.

            The child was infected with a direct link children were reported with the new strain of flu last week in the port city of Guayaquil.

            Meanwhile, the adult returned to Miami on May 12 on a commercial flight, but developed symptoms six days after arrival, so a fence was erected and epidemiological surveillance.

            "It confirmed two new cases of H1N1 influenza," said the Health Ministry said in a statement.

            "The behavior of the new influenza virus AH1N1 is proving to be of low lethality and that early detection and treatment is evolving very positively, none of the confirmed cases had complications," he added.

            With the two new cases were recorded in nine infected people in Guayaquil and Quito.

            Ecuador reported the first case of influenza on May 15 in a minor from United States, who despite presenting symptoms went to a school, so the authorities decided to suspend their activities.

            Four other schools are suspended in Guayaquil.

            The authorities have stepped up checks at ports and airports to prevent the virus from spreading further into its territory and has asked people to remain calm and comply with health recommendations.

            The Ministry of Health also suspended activities in public spaces and social gatherings in the housing projects where there are infected people under medical surveillance.

            While the population recommended to avoid going to shopping malls, cinemas and a massive public events nationwide.

            (By Alexandra Valencia. Edited by Marion Giraldo)


            • #7
              Re: Ecuador: Cases

              Google translated

              Invertia - News

              Monday, May 25 2009, 10:24 pm

              Source: Reuters

              AREAS - LATIN AMERICA

              Ecuador rises H1N1 influenza cases to 17, seeks to prevent further

              QUITO, May 25. - Ecuador reported seven new cases confirmed with H1N1 influenza and up to 17 people infected, reported on Monday an official from the Ministry of Health, in order to half the population does not lower its guard before the new strain of flu.

              New infections are in children aged between 8 and 15 years in the port city of Guayaquil and relate to children who were confirmed last week with the flu, which spreads throughout the world.

              "It confirmed that 7 new cases were under surveillance," said Undersecretary of Health, Marcelo Aguilar.

              Most of those infected are confirmed relates to the first case reported in the country on May 15 in a child returning from United States.

              The teenager, despite having the flu symptoms went to an education and apparently there was a chain of infection among children.

              From this case, other children showed symptoms and were confirmed.

              The authorities suspended the activities of education in some schools and Guayaquil acts prohibited in public housing projects where the contagion.

              "All of which goes to the epidemiological investigation are linked to children who were confirmed in the previous days in schools," he said on his part, Undersecretary of Health Costa, Ricardo Ca&#241;izares, to local media.

              In Quito In one case a foreign citizen, who will leave the hospital on Monday.

              All those infected are recovering thanks to the favorable epidemiological siege was lifted from the record of the first case, according to Aguilar.

              Authorities recommended that people restrict their visits to shopping malls, cinemas and massive events and meet health recommendations.

              ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
              Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

              ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ ~~~


              • #8
                Re: Ecuador: 24 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1

                24 confirmed cases of swine flu in Ecuador

                Monday, May 25, 2009

                Associated Press

                Quito .- The health ministry confirmed on Monday that the number of infected swine flu in Ecuador rose to 24.

                "In Ecuador when 24 cases were confirmed," said a communique of the Ministry of Health, without giving further details. Until Saturday the number of infections reported was ten, most of them registered in the port city of Guayaquil.

                The first case reported on May 15, was a child under 12 years who came from Miami.

                Information on new cases reported was disclosed about a meeting he held in the city of Tulcan, north of the country, the Ecuadorian minister Caroline Chang and his Colombian Diego Palacio.

                The event aims to "coordinate joint action to control the transmission of influenza A H1N1 virus, review contingency plans against the virus and seek to outline a joint plan of cooperation with the issue, said the communique.

                ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
                Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

                ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ ~~~


                • #9
                  Re: Ecuador: 41 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1


                  Infected by the H1N1 virus reaching 41 in Ecuador
                  Five new cases of swine flu were detected in Ecuador over the weekend, with whom the infected total rose to 41, reported today the Ministry of Health.

                  Quito. AFP.
                  "A total of 41," said the portfolio and said in a statement that the five new cases include a ten year old boy and two teenagers, 15.

                  The ministry said that "intensive surveillance (...) has enabled the timely detection of cases with the confirmed and implemented epidemiologic fences have prevented further spread of the virus limited to close contacts."

                  The vast majority of patients with influenza A (H1N1) is concentrated in the port of Guayaquil (southwest).

                  The Director of Health of the coastal province of Guayas (Guayaquil capital), Eduardo Verdesoto noted that 27 of those infected in the port city and were discharged.

                  The first infected in Ecuador was a child who returned from United States, and was diagnosed May 15.

                  As of May 20, when authorities reported eight cases, the figure has grown so rapidly.

                  In April Ecuador declared the "state of exception" in order to mobilize the armed forces, public health services and release resources to meet any emergency.


                  • #10
                    Re: Ecuador: 51 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1


                    Ecuador recorded 51 cases of swine flu

                    The book said Tuesday that 35 of 43 patients were then discharged.
                    Written by AFP

                    Friday, 05 June 2009 06:29
                    Ecuador has a total of 51 cases of swine flu, including the last eight on Tuesday found infected, the health ministry reported on Friday.

                    "They have laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1), thereby increasing the total to 51 in the country," said the portfolio in a statement.

                    The ministry said that 44 patients are concentrated in the port of Guayaquil (southwest), four in Quito (including one foreign), two in the coastal Machala (southwest and near the border with Peru) and one in Porto, west of the region.

                    "The new cases are under surveillance and treatment, which has managed to avoid complications," he added.

                    The presence of the virus has led to the Ecuadorian authorities to suspend classes in several schools.

                    The first infected is a child of Ecuador Guayaquil, who returned from United States and was diagnosed May 15.

                    In April, Ecuador declared the "state of exception" in order to mobilize the armed forces, public health services and release resources for a possible emergency.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Ecuador: 57 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1


                      It rises to 57 cases infected by H1N1 virus

                      Guayaquil (EP)

                      Health authorities warned of new infections in the country and confirmed that until yesterday afternoon there had been 57 people infected with the H1N1 virus or the new flu.

                      In Guayaquil, the city with more infected, now has three more and totaled 47 in Quito, the figure rose to 6, while the first was reported positive in Cuenca. The other three are two infections in one in Portoviejo and Machala. In all cases so far detected and confirmed, and 35 were discharged, they no longer have the powerful flu.

                      While Eduardo Verdesoto, provincial director of health Guayas, reiterated on the announcement of the World Health Organization (WHO) that it is possible to increase the alertness of the virus for 5 to 6, which would make the A H1N1 into a pandemic. "The Guayaquil is: two linked to a school and a contact of someone in a school in an adult." In phase 6 of the pandemic will come to the mitigation of all cases and "personal control within the hospital or home, so that we complicate" added Verdesoto.


                      • #12
                        Re: Ecuador: 60 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1


                        Ecuador recorded 60 positive cases of influenza AH1N1

                        17:40 | Two new suspected cases with influenza AH1N1 under observation overnight in the Eugenio Espejo Hospital in Quito.

                        Two new suspected cases with influenza AH1N1 under observation overnight in the Eugenio Espejo Hospital in Quito. Meanwhile, two patients were affected by the flu, a patient of 45 years and another 32 waiting to be discharged this evening.

                        Until last night, in the country and there were 60 carriers of the virus, according to the report of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP). 49 Guayas are affected five to Quito, three in El Oro, Azuay, and two to one to Manab?.

                        According to Alex Camacho, director of the Eugenio Espejo, one of the suspected cases in Quito is a girl of 11 years who arrived last night from outside. She was transferred directly from the Mariscal Sucre airport. The other is a couple of 18 years, related to high school students who made a trip abroad.

                        It also continues a hospitalized 18-year-old, considered one of the five positive cases in Quito.

                        In turn, in Cuenca, a couple of 14 years carrying the flu AH1N1 is recovering satisfactorily. Moreover, in the Vicente Corral Moscoso Hospital in Cuenca is also in the observation of a child 5 years. It is hoped the results of the examinations.


                        • #13
                          Re: Ecuador: 67 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1


                          Google translation:
                          Suben 67 infected H1N1 virus in Ecuador
                          Thursday June 11 2009 12:16 GYT

                          QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador has increased to 67 persons infected with the H1N1 influenza virus, more than doubling the confirmed cases in the last two weeks, although none of the patients displayed deterioration in their health, the Ministry reported on Thursday of Health.

                          The new cases are from the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Brazil, as well as contact with the first infected, told Reuters the deputy minister of Health, Marcelo Aguilar.

                          "We are officially the existence of 67 confirmed cases, we are awaiting more tests, but we still have very limited outbreaks, patients are treated properly," he said.

                          According to Ministry figures, 185 people have been counted under observation, 31 suspects who are infected and 250 discarded.

                          A United States official said the World Health Organization is informing member states on a declaration of a pandemic of influenza type H1N1.

                          For his part, Aguilar said that most patients are adolescents who had contact with infected in some schools.

                          "But for the moment everything is in control, showing little of this is the number of infected contact of a potential 20,000 people," said the official, who emphasized that there had been no serious or moderate symptoms.

                          (Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra, edited by Gabriela Donoso in Spanish)


                          • #14
                            Re: Ecuador - 84 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1

                            S America bears swine flu brunt

                            Article from: Agence France-Presse
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                            From correspondents in Buenos Aires
                            June 17, 2009 07:40am

                            THE swine flu deaths of two people in Argentina and a mutation of the H1N1 virus detected in Brazil have added to fears that South America is entering a harsh winter beset by the flu pandemic.

                            While big pharmaceutical firms are ramping up efforts to mass-produce a vaccine for H1N1, they are still months away from having enough stocks - too late for the Southern Hemisphere's winter flu season.

                            South America has already recorded five deaths from the disease: two in Chile, one in Colombia last week and, most recently, those of a three-month-old girl and a 28-year-old man with leukemia in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires.

                            The number of infected cases is outstripping figures put out regularly by the World Health Organisation.

                            According to the latest statistics from national health authorities, Chile has 2355 patients confirmed with H1N1 flu, Argentina has 733, Peru has 113, Brazil 69, Ecuador 84, Venezuela 44, Uruguay 36, Paraguay 25 and Suriname 13.

                            Those figures are far overshadowed by the data from North America and Central America, the apparent source of the pandemic.

                            Mexican authorities say they have had 109 deaths and 6,294 infected cases. The United States today added a nine-year-old boy to its death toll, bringing it to 47, alongside 17,855 infected cases. Canada has six deaths and 3515 infections.

                            Central America and the Caribbean have also been hit, registering nearly 800 infections and three deaths (one each in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala).

                            Although the A(H1N1) virus has been classed as relatively mild since first being detected in April, its unusually strong effect on the young, on those with other underlying health problems, and on the poor have made it a redoubtable challenge.

                            Some major drug companies have started producing a vaccine for pre-clinical testing, but one of them, Switzerland's Novartis, told the Financial Times it did not intend to give it away to poor countries.

                            US rival Baxter said today it should have its H1N1 vaccine commercially available in July.

                            But there were underlying fears that the virus currently spreading around the world through human-to-human contact might mutate further, possibly into a more deadly form, as happened with the 1918 Spanish flu which killed tens of millions.

                            Those fears heightened a little today, when a Brazil's Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute said its researchers had identified and isolated a new strain of the A(H1N1) virus in a Sao Paulo patient.

                            It was not yet known whether that variant, called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1, was more aggressive than the more common type.

                            The institute said in a statement the mutation comprised alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts.


                            • #15
                              Re: Ecuador - 86 Confirmed Cases A/H1N1


                              Google translation:

                              Total of 86 confirmed cases
                              17:20:: Tuesday, June 16, 2009

                              In the province of Chimborazo, in the central highlands of Ecuador, on Tuesday, two were confirmed cases of Influenza AH1N1, according to Dr. Mina Wilson, provincial director of Health.

                              After making the analysis, were formed in the presence of the virus the two suspects. One of the patients is a 18-year-old native of the city of Riobamba, Guano from Canton. This is a case arising from the first recorded infection.

                              The second corresponds to a 13-year-old native of the city of Riobamba. Apparently it would have contracted the virus through his father, a businessman who travels constantly to Guayaquil, where the highest number of cases in the country. The father does not show symptoms.

                              At the moment are under the respective epidemiological fences to relatives, friends and relatives of the two new infected. The patients received the drug case and is expected to meet the five days of treatment to discharge them.

                              Mina said that in case of mild infection, a patient may not present symptoms, however, if the transmitted virus. The first case in the province and is in good health, was a professor in the College of Juan Velasco of the city of Riobamba. Two other suspected cases have been discarded.

                              Health authorities have assured the supply of Oseltamivir to combat potential new infections. The drug is only expended by the respective houses hospital.

                              Until this morning were 84 confirmed cases. With these two and add 86 new infections nationally, the Guayaquil 66 cases in New York, 8 Gold, 3 Manab? 1 in Azuay 4, at 1 and Chimborazo Ca?ar 3.

                              So far, 76 countries worldwide have reported cases of Influenza AH1N1, laboratory confirmed. 35,928 cases are reported around the world, totaling 163 deaths. Mexico, the country where the disease began, reported 6241 cases with 108 deaths.