Peru: UN health agency helps respond to outbreak of plague

11 August 2010

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is working with authorities in Peru to investigate and respond to an outbreak of plague in the northwest of the Andean country.

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is working with authorities in Peru to investigate and respond to an outbreak of plague in the northwest of the Andean country.

Seventeen cases of plague have been confirmed so far in La Libertad administrative region, WHO reported yesterday, with all of the cases non-fatal. The cases are a mixture of bubonic plague, pneumonic plague and septicaemic plague.

Investigations have revealed at least 10 strains of plague isolated from humans, rodents and domestic cats.

WHO said it is working with Peruvian health ministry officials in helping La Libertad respond in the affected areas and surrounding districts, implementing insect control measures in high-risk areas, strengthening disease surveillance and sensitizing the local population to the problem.

 

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