Peru has areas with high altitude
(higher than 2400m) and areas with very
high altitude (higher 3658m). The
highest point in Peru is the Huascarán,
a mountain in the province of Yungay,
which is 6768m above sea level. If you
are travelling to areas of high
altitude, you should be aware of the
risks and take care to avoid adverse
effects of being at a high altitude such
as Acute Mountain Sickness, which can be
a life-threatening condition.
Dengue fever is a viral illness that is
transmitted to humans by mosquitoes,
which are more active during the day and
common in urban areas such as towns and
cities. The symptoms of dengue fever
include fever, headache, and joint, bone
and muscle pain. There is currently no
vaccine against dengue fever, so you
will need to practise insect bite
avoidance to protect yourself.
A parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. The parasite enters humans through the skin and prevention is dependant on avoidance of swimming, bathing or paddling in fresh water lakes and streams.