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Dengue Fever in Peru (Update)

11 Dec 2012

As of 5 December 2012, a total of 23 383 cases of dengue fever have been reported from 15 regions of Peru. The worst affected with new case last week were: Loreto (118), San Martin (40-50), Huanuco and Junin (22).

Madre de Dios region has reported a total of 1800 cases and numbers are increasing. Cases are also increasing in Ucayali region where a total number of 5358 cases have been recorded.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers to the Amazon basin of Peru should be aware of the risk of dengue fever. Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.