We would like to inform you that according to a formal communication from the Ministry of Tourism, since February 10th , the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador, in order to prevent the international spread of Disease, has decided to control the entry into the national territory, to all travelers who come from a country with active outbreaks of yellow fever (Brazil, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda), through the mandatory request of the International Carnet of Vaccination for Yellow Fever.
Please inform to all your passengers, friends and clients who will be arriving from mentioned countries to comply with the following mandatory steps:
1) Get vaccinated at least 10 days before your trip
2) To carry this document to Ecuador, and avoid any inconvenience in Ecuadorian migration filters.
Thank you in advance for your attention on this relevant procedure.
Zika Virus – Questions and Answers
The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) brings together over 200 Latin American companies, including tourist boards, tour operators, hotels, wholesalers, media, airlines and overseas members. In the last few weeks, the Zika virus has dominated the headlines, with a mixture of facts, theory and commentary which has led to confusion surrounding the risks posed to travellers to Latin America and beyond.
LATA is in communication with its members, on them is CRETER TOURS, to ensure their customers get the best advice to mitigate the impact of the Zika virus, a dengue-like infection that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, and is monitoring protocol and guidelines issued by the Foreign Office, Public Health England and the National Travel Health Network and Centre, as well as liaising with ABTA – The Travel Association.
The notes below aim to add some clarity for people thinking of visiting Latin America.
What is Zika?
The Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in the late 1940s. It is spread between humans by mosquitoes, in a similar way to dengue fever and malaria. Of those infected, about one in five people show any symptoms – which tend to be no more than short-lived flu-like symptoms such as a fever, rash and aching joints for between two and seven days.
Zika and Microcephaly
Although in the majority of cases, there are no manifested effects of the Zika virus, a possible link between exposure to the virus in pregnancy and microcephaly has been identified which can have potentially serious consequences for unborn children. There is currently no conclusive proof that the two are connected, however investigations are ongoing and this is a major concern that has brought Zika to the world’s attention.
Zika and Guillain-Barré Syndrome
More recently connections have been suggested between Zika and an apparent rise in neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) which is a serious but rare condition. Treatments are available for GBS and most people make a full recovery. Nevertheless, investigations to determine the cause of infection and the possible connection to the Zika virus are ongoing.
Where has Zika been found?
The Zika virus has previously been identified in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, other Pacific regions and certain Caribbean Islands. More recently, the Zika virus has now been identified throughout much of the Americas. The Aedes mosquito is typically found in tropical and sub-tropical areas, and does not normally live at
altitudes above 2,000m. It is important to keep in mind that the threat posed by Zika remains small in comparison with other mosquito borne infections that are prevalent worldwide.
Should I avoid visiting Latin America?
The World Health Organisation currently states:
“There should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission”.
In most cases, the Zika virus is mildly inconvenient for the average holidaymaker. Generally, travelling to Latin America following the rise of the Zika virus is no different to before. Travellers are advised to stay informed about the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases and take necessary precautions during their visit. This includes mosquito bite avoidance measures such as the application of insect repellent containing DEET and wearing long trousers and long sleeved clothing.
Women who are pregnant are currently advised to postpone non-essential travel to areas with active Zika transmission until after pregnancy. In addition, it is recommended that women should avoid becoming pregnant while travelling in an area with active Zika virus transmission, and for 28 days following return home.
Transmission between humans
The risk of sexual transmission is thought to be very low however sexual transmission has been reported. As a precaution, Public Health England is advising men use condoms for 28 days after returning from an infected area if their partner is pregnant or may become so, or for six months if Zika symptoms develop.
While the link between the Zika virus and more serious conditions is yet to be confined, the following advice is recommended:
Pregnant women are currently recommended to postpone non-essential travel to areas with active Zika transmission until after pregnancy.
It is recommended women should avoid getting pregnant while travelling in an area with an active Zika outbreak. As a woman leaves an area with active Zika transmission, it is recommended that she should not try to conceive for 28 days.
If you do not fall into these groups, Zika poses no compelling reasons to avoid travel, though as is usual throughout regions where mosquitoes are prevalent, precautions should be taken to avoid being bitten.
o UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
o UK National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)
o Public Health England
o European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC)
o The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)
o US Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
o The World Health Organisation (WHO)
COTOPAXI VOLCANO UPDATE # 252 (March 11, 2016)
The Cotopaxi Volcano has internal moderate and low superficial activity, according to the Geophysics Institute of the National Politechnical School (IGEPN). In the morning, slight steam water emission heading south. Rains have generated a small fluid of mud without any repercussions to nearby towns.
Seismicity is still going on with internal movement of magma and fluids inside the volcano. This news update was observed between March 10 – 11/2016.
YELLOW ALERT is still on.
Knowing the Cotopaxi
Ashes from the volcano affect the crops. If the ashes have contact with clouds full of water, there could be an acid rain which affects agriculture. However, in short notice, the ground becomes fertile since the ashes have minerals and elements which nourish it.
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EL NIÑO UPDATE # 40 (March 10, 2016)
The rainfalls registered from January 1st until March 10th 2016 and the conditions of the Pacific Ocean regarding the sea level due to tides, swells and the winter season have produced several events at a national level such as floods, sliding, among others that have caused impact on the population, health, infrastructure and so on.
In the last days, rainfalls have been reported exclusively in Guayas and El Oro provinces.
Tides will produce waves with 2.2 meters high. This kind of waves in the open ocean will induce to a moderate sea. Nearby the beaches, waves will have extra energy than usual. For this reason, inhabitants of coastal zones including the Galapagos Islands, tourists and persons who do their activities in the beach have to be aware of the signs and warnings set by the control organisms and they do not have to go deep inside the sea to bath. They must remain in the shore. Touristic activities have a normal development in Ecuador.
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TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO UPDATE #74 (March 14, 2016)
The volcano activity is high-moderate. In the afternoon among the clouds, it was possible to observe several emissions but due to the weather,it was not possible to observe their directions. In the last hours, the most part of time, the volcano has remained cloudy and no rains have been reported.
ORANGE ALERT is still on.
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