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Dengue Fever in Peru

21 Aug 2012

An outbreak of dengue fever has been reported from Chimbote, Ancash region on the west coast of northern Peru. A total of 503 dengue fever cases have been confirmed with a further 172 probable cases awaiting laboratory confirmation. This is the highest number of dengue fever cases in the history of the region.

Advice to 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.