Peru has declared a state of emergency across the northern half of the country after 102 cases were confirmed across 11 states.

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Peru declares Zika emergency across half of country

Peruvian officials on Wednesday declared a Zika health emergency across the northern half of their country after confirming that 102 people have been infected with the virus.

The 90-day emergency was announced in the official gazette El Peruano, which said the health ministry and local authorities were working to prevent the spread of the disease, which is principally transmitted by mosquitos.

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From Peru Reports

Peru declares Zika emergency in 11 states

The states under emergency include Amazonas, Cajamarca, Huanuco, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Piura, San Martin, Tumbes, Ucayali and metropolitan Lima. However the Zika virus has only been confirmed among native mosquito populations in Loreto, Cajamarca, Ucayali, San Martin and Tumbes, while the other regions are considered high-risk due to their proximity.

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.

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