Oropuche outbreak in Peru is more widespread than previously thought

Following confirmation of cases of Oropuche fever in Calca province, authorities have detected 51 additional infected people in Cusco. The mosquito that transmits this virus has also been found in La Convención Province (Palma Real, Echarati, Pichari and Kimbiri districts).

Advice For Travellers

Oropuche fever is a tropical viral infection similar to dengue fever. It is transmitted by insects (midges and mosquitoes). It occurs mainly in the Amazon region, the Caribbean and Panama. Similar to dengue fever, patients develop a sudden fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain and vomiting. Patients may develop symptoms of meningitis. There is no specific treatment. Complications are rare, and patients usually recover fully with no long term ill effects.

There may ba a high risk of exposure to this virus in outbreak areas. Travellers can reduce the risk by following all precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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