The Minister of Health declared a health emergency on the 10th of October (2021) for 51 districts in 15 regions in Peru due to a dengue fever outbreak. The affected regions are Piura, San Martín, Loreto, Huánuco, Junín, Cajamarca, Cusco, Madre de Dios, Ayacucho, Lima, Amazonas, Ucayali, Pasco, Tumbes and Ica. The health emergency is expected to last 90 days and is intended to prevent and control the dengue outbreak. 36’000 dengue fever infections have been registered since January 2021, which corresponds to an incidence rate of 111 infections per 100’000 inhabitations. The current incidence rate and number of cases are significantly higher than the previous three years.

 

Consequences for the traveler

Optimal mosquito protection is necessary around the clock (24/7) (Daytime risk: Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, etc.; Dusk / nighttime risk: Malaria). Dengue fever is transmitted in urban areas. In case of fever, fever-reducing medications containing paracetamol should be favored, as well as hydration. Do not take fever-reducing medications containing acetylsalicylic acid (e.g., Aspirin ®), as they increase the risk of bleeding. For travelers staying in regions with malaria risk, a malaria infection should always be excluded in the case of fever. 

 

References

Outbreak News Today, 11.10.2021, MoH Peru, Epid. Bulletin, KW 40, 2021