Via Peru this Week: Peruvian chikungunya patients doing well. Excerpt:
The two Peruvian patients suffering from chikungunya fever are progressing favorable, say health authorities.
As we reported yesterday, the first reported cases of chikungunya in Peru were confirmed by national health authorities. The victims had recently travelled to the Caribbean, where the mosquito-borne illness is more common than in other parts of the world.
Peru21 reports that Martin Yagui, the Ministry of Health’s Director of Epidemiology, told press that the patients did require hospitalization for their treatment, but were recovering.
Yagui also took the opportunity to remind travellers to protect themselves against chikungunya, for which there is no vaccine. As the disease is transmitted through mosquito bites, travellers to chikungunya-prone regions must be diligent in their application of insect repellent and use mosquito nets if possible.
“Our efforts are centered in finding a timely way to detect imported cases [of chikungunya] that could arrive from other countries. Our epidemiological alert system is monitoring the issue in coordination with EsSalud, Sisol, private clinics, and health outposts of the armed forces and Police.”