While metropolitan Lima is not located near the northern jungle regions, it was included in the emergency due to its large population. The city’s capital is home to enough international travelers who contract Zika from abroad and sexually transmit the virus to other Lima residents that it can ultimately take root in local mosquito populations.
Is there Zika virus in Peru?
Zika virus infection – Peru. On 17 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Peru notified PAHO/WHO of a confirmed case of sexual transmission of Zika virus. This is the country’s first case of Zika virus infection. The case is a 32-year-old woman from Lima province, with onset of symptoms on 28 March.
Can I travel to Zika if I am pregnant?
Pregnant women should NOT travel to areas with risk of Zika. This is because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. All travelers to areas with risk of Zika should (1) prevent mosquito bites and (2) use condoms or not have sex to protect against Zika during travel.
Do other species of mosquitoes spread Zika?
However, other Aedes species mosquitoes have been known to spread Zika, and these may be present.