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Dengue Fever in Peru

27 Jan 2012

The Ucayali region of central Peru is under a 60 day state of emergency following an increasing number of dengue fever cases; identified by the region's epidemiology agency.

The Regional Health Board reports 50 000 dengue fever cases and 3 related deaths since October 2011. An awareness campaign and fumigation is underway and residents are being encouraged to destroy mosquito breeding sites around the home.

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.