Peru health officials yesterday reported two travel-associated chikungunya cases in individuals who recently traveled to the Caribbean, according to a Peru This Week report. Health authorities said today that the two patients did require hospitalization; however, they are “progressing favorable”.
The two Peruvian citizens presented with the typical symptoms of the disease: severe pain in the joints and high fever.
The Peru Ministry of Health’s Director of Epidemiology, Martin Yagui also reminded the public concerning mosquito bite prevention while travelling. He also said, “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.”
Travel associated chikungunya cases have also been reported in Brazil and Venezuela. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page