Watch – Earthquakes in Ecuador

Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

What is the current situation?

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador, followed by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on April 20. There have been more than 400 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

Before your trip:

During your trip:

  • Prevent illness and injury:
    • Deaths after a natural disaster are most often due to blunt trauma, crush-related injuries, and drowning.
    • Use caution around downed power lines, water-affected electrical outlets, and interrupted gas lines.
    • Avoid stray or frightened animals. If you are bitten or scratched, wash out the wound and seek medical help immediately.
  • Avoid bug bites:

    In addition to Zika, other illnesses can be spread by bugs in Ecuador, including dengue, chikungunya, and malaria.

  • Follow food and water safety guidelines:

    Water and food contamination can lead to illness such as typhoid fever and hepatitis A. See Food and Water Concerns after an earthquake.

  • If you feel sick during your trip:
    • Talk to a doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever.
    • For more information about medical care abroad, see Getting Health Care Abroad.
    • Avoid contact with other people while you are sick.

After your trip:

  • If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.
  • If you are having a hard time coping after your trip, you may need to see a doctor or consular, see Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event.
  • If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.
  • Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.
  • For more information, see Getting Sick after Travel.

Clinician Information

Additional Information

Source: Travel Health

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