A yellow fever outbreak in the central jungle has left three people dead to date, according to the head of the Regional Health Authority in Junin, Luis Zuniga Villacresis.

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This prompted Villacresis to issue a health alert for the area, according to local media (computer translated). 

Officials say that the region has been yellow fever-free for eight years; however, in less than two months there have three deaths reported in people who traveled to the jungle.

Villacresis noted that many people travel to the provinces of Satipo and Chanchamayo without being vaccinated for yellow fever, which needs to have been administered at least 10 days prior.

The outbreak has prompted health officials to open a vaccination center in ​​Pedregal, thegateway to the province of Chanchamayo.

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus, which is spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms take 3–6 days to develop and include fever, chills, headache, backache, and muscle aches. About 15% of people who get yellow fever develop serious illness that can lead to bleeding, shock, organ failure, and sometimes death.

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