Yellow fever cases in tropical Peru

A total of 14 sporadic cases of yellow fever (jungle type) have been reported in tropical areas of Peru, specifically in Cusco, Huenuco, Junin, Loreto, Madre de Dios, and San Martin.

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Advice For Travellers

The yellow fever virus occurs in the tropical areas of South America including the Amazon Basin of Peru, where sporadic cases occur. Individuals traveling or working in these remote, forested areas often are not vaccinated and become infected with this virus that is spread by infected mosquitoes mostly to the monkey population.

Travellers to areas where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever can reduce that risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination before travelling or before visiting an outbreak area. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers should register any changes in their itinerary with Sitata because new destinations might require proof of yellow fever vaccination.