With conditions considered ideal for the transmission of viral illnesses transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito (i.e. dengue fever, Zika virus and chikungunya), a health emergency has been declared in the SW province of Madre de Dios. The initiative will allow the government to employ measures ‘to provide the necessary health services and protect public health’. Read more
OVER 70 suspected measles cases have been reported in the neighbouring province of Cusco; the national health agency (MINSA) is planning a vaccination campaign in response. Read more
Advice for travellers
Chikungunya virus is spread by the same daytime-feeding mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever. There is no vaccine and preventing infection relies on avoiding mosquito bites. Apply an effective repellent when outdoors to all exposed skin. Read more about chikungunya.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.