The Peruvian Ministry of Health informed that in all districts of Lima Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species transmitting dengue fever, chikungunya fever, zika and other diseases have been found.
Especially at risk of a dengue fever outbreak are districts in the Northern cone, such as Comas, Puente Piedra and Carabayllo, but also Villa Maria del Triunfo and San Juan de Miraflores that suffered from dengue fever in previous years.
As the heavy rains and flooding over the past weeks combined with the warm weather offer now ideal conditions for the mosquitos to reproduce, fumigation in the most affected areas such as Chaclacayo and San Juan de Lurigancho have begun to fight further spreading.
The Ministry of Health assured that they continue to monitor the situation closely and take action if and where necessary. Nevertheless it is always recommended to protect yourself as well by using insect repellent, covering exposed skin, sleeping under mosquito nets and covering or, if possible, emptying and turning over buckets and containers with water.
Dengue fever, chikungunya fever and zika are all transmitted by the same mosquito species and have very similar, flu-like symptoms. See our picture for detailed information about the symptoms for each disease. Even though in most cases only mild symptoms occur and most people recover without any complications, severe courses of the disease and even death aren’t uncommon. So please visit your doctor as soon as the first symptoms appear.