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Dengue Serotype Differences in Urban and Semi-rural Communities in Ecuador

Sully Márquez, Julio Carrera, Emilia Espín, Sara Cifuentes, Gabriel Trueba, Josefina Coloma, Joseph N Eisenberg

ACI Avances en Ciencias e Ingenierías | Universidad San Francisco De Quito


Dengue is a major vector-borne infection causing large outbreaks in urban communities in tropical regions. During the period 2010- 2014; 434 serum samples from febrile patients were collected from a  semi-rural community hospital located in the norwestern region of Ecuador. Dengue virus (DENV) was investigated by reverse transcriptase PCR; a total of 48 samples were positive for dengue. During our study we detected  DENV-2 and DENV-3 from 2010 to 2013 and the four  DENV  serotypes during the period 2013-2014.  Surprisingly, our results contrasted with surveys carried out in urban centers throughout the  Ecuadorian Coast in which  DENV-1, DENV-2 and DENV-4 were prevalent during years 2010-201..

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