Dengue fever hits Tumbes Region, Peru

A major surge in dengue fever cases has resulted in about 24 new cases every day in the Tumbes Region. The total number of cases so far this year has reached almost 2,800 cases. Affected areas include Zarumilla, Las Malvinas and Virgen del Cisne.

Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

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