This article has been reviewed according to Science X's editorial process and policies. Editors have highlighted the following attributes while ensuring the content's credibility:

fact-checked

reputable news agency

proofread

Peru declares health emergency over dengue outbreak

dengue
This transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image depicts a number of round, Dengue virus particles that were revealed in this tissue specimen. Credit: CDC/ Frederick Murphy

Peru on Thursday declared a "health emergency" in 13 departments in the country's north, center and southeast due to an outbreak of dengue.

The emergency would remain in place for 90 days, according to an official notice, after the recorded more than 11,500 cases and 16 deaths due to the disease so far in 2023.

This represented a "considerable increase" of 72 percent from the same period in 2022.

Last year, the country had more than 72,800 dengue cases and 84 deaths.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease that can provoke a , headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and sometimes death.

Earlier this month, neighbor Bolivia also declared a health alert with a cumulative number of more than 6,800 cases and 26 deaths.

© 2023 AFP

Citation: Peru declares health emergency over dengue outbreak (2023, February 23) retrieved 29 May 2023 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2023-02-peru-declares-health-emergency-dengue.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Sudanese officials say Dengue fever outbreak kills 26

87 shares

Feedback to editors