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Dengue Fever in Peru

10 Apr 2014

The media has reported on the dengue fever situation in Peru.

The Ministry of Health for Peru has recorded an increase in dengue fever cases since February 2014. A total of 6887 cases has been reported nationwide. The worst affected areas are the Amazonian regions of: Loreto (2963 cases), San Martín (1796), Ucayali, and Madre de Dios (593 cases).

A high number of dengue fever cases has been reported in Tumbes and Lambayeque regions on the northern coast of the country.

(Via Peru This Week - accessed 10/04/14)

Advice for Travellers

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.