Anthrax outbreak in Peru

Health authorities have identified 49 cases of anthrax in an outbreak of this disease related to contact with infected cattle. Most of the cases have the cutaneous (skin) form of the infections as the result of physical contact with cattle. The outbreak is centered in the municipality of La Encantada, in the province of Morropón.

Advice For Travellers

Anthrax is a serious acute disease caused by a bacterium. The infection can affect the skin, the digestive tract or the lungs (the most serious and often fatal form). The risk of exposure for the general traveller is very low. However, contact with cattle or slaughtered meat products should be avoided in this region.