Oropouche fever epidemic in South America

Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Oropouche fever, another disease similar to Zika, is at present causing an epidemic in South America.

undefinedOn 2 May 2016, the Ministry of Health of Peru reported 57 cases of Oropouche fever. Unlike Zika, it is spread by midges rather than mosquitos.

The virus causes symptoms similar to those associated with Zika, dengue fever and other related viruses, producing a characteristically rapid-onset high fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, and vomiting.

Peruvian health authorities have implemented public health measures and the WHO has highlighted that it should be considered when a patient presents with a disease that could be due to dengue, chikungunya or Zika.

Read our Oropouche Fever Medical Briefing for details of the current outbreak as well as symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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