Epidemic Hazard – South-America – Peru

EDIS Number: EH-20120314-34511-PER
Date / time: 14/03/2012 03:59:57 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: South-America
Country: Peru
State/County: Región de Cajamarca
Location: Cajamarca
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Health officials in the northern highlands region of Cajamarca report a doubling of dengue fever cases so far this year compared to the same period in 2011. According the news source, Peru21, the Diresa (Health Department) reported Tuesday nearly 1,200 cases of dengue. During the same time frame last year, the number of cases reported was 587. In addition, there have been two fatalities this year, a 26-year-old woman and a six-year-old child. Alberto Sanchez, general doctor of Jaen’s hospital, the province most affected, said the dengue virus in the area was of the more aggressive American/Asian genotype. He also notes that since February the disease intensified. In addition to Jaen province, Tembladera, Cutervo, and San Ignacio regions are also strongly hit by the dengue outbreak. Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking. Dengue fever of multiple types is found in most countries of the tropics and subtropics particularly during and after rainy season. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 100 million cases annually worldwide and in recent years there have been increased amounts of epidemics in many parts of the world.

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