Drought in northern Peru related to increase in dengue fever deaths

Water shortages in northern Peru have resulted in more people storing water where mosquitoes can breed. With more mosquitoes, there has been an increase in dengue fever deaths (17) due to more transmission of this virus. The most affected areas where more than 8,000 people have been infected include Piura, Sullana and the town of Catacaos.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All 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.