No vaccinations are required
to enter Peru.
Sicknesses such as cholera
and typhus are still present in Peru, so it is highly
recommended to drink bottled or boiled water.
Avoid eating food in the
street; also make sure that seafood and fish are fresh,
and try to eat them cooked. Because one of the specialties
of Peruvian food is ‘ceviche’ (raw fish marinated in lemon
juice), it is a good idea to try it in a respectable restaurant. Also,
wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly with purified water,
and if possible, peel them.
It is a contagious illness caused by a protozoan parasite
in the red blood cells, called plasmodium or Laveran
Hematozoon, transmitted by the anopheles
mosquito which dwells in humid, marshy areas. The sickness
causes fever at regular intervals, following a rhythmic
pattern (tertian or quartan fever), anemia, swelling of
the spleen and a general alteration of the health. The
base treatment includes quinine and synthetic products.
Theoretically, in Peru, the sickness is confined to the
jungle area, so if you visit these areas use a prophylactic
repellant. Wear clothes covering most of the body and
use repellents and mosquito nets. The mosquito that spreads
the sickness is not found over 2,500 meters (8,200 ft.)
above sea level.
The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is a sickness
caused by the HIV virus (human immunodeficiency virus),
that severely alters the infected persons immune
system which is in charge of protecting the body against
infectious agents. This alteration prevents the immune
system from fulfilling its normal function, allowing microorganisms
to enter and cause serious infections in the body, opportunist
infections, and serious malignant diseases. It is a contagious
illness, that may be transmitted from one person to another
through different means: sexual intercourse, through contaminated
blood (transfusions, infected syringes) and from mother
to son (in the delivery or through breastfeeding).
It is true that the number of infected people has risen
in Peru, but this increase belongs mainly to the highest
risk groups: homosexuals and drug addicts.
It is an acute infection
caused by a virus that can vary in its risk level, and
is characterized by a sudden onset, fever, relatively
slow pulse and headaches. The presence of an intense albuminuria,
jaundice and hemorrhages, especially upper gastrointestinal
bleeding, is frequent. The infection is transmitted through
the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and in the jungle
by the Haemagogos mosquito. The incubation period lasts
from 3 to 6 days, and normally there are no initial symptoms.
It is a
sickness transmitted by a vector insect, the "kissing
bug" (triatomine). This insect carries a microbe
in it's blood that acts as a parasite moving in a cyclic
pattern between the blood and the cells of the organism.
The "kissing bug" only feeds on human and animal
blood, and it transmits the microbe through its fecal
waste, which is eliminated immediately after stinging.
The person affected by the Chagas disease will have acquired
a chronic illness that may cause death.
care facilities in Lima
Maison de Sante
Miguel Aljovin Jr, Lima
Aurelio Miro Quesada Ave, San Isidro
Guardia Civil Ave, San Borja
Gregorio Escobedo Ave, Jesús María
El Polo Ave, Monterrico, Surco
Arequipa Ave, Lince