Peru is experiencing "community transmission" of the monkeypox virus, with 203 cases detected so far, head of the National Health Institute Victor Suarez said on Monday.
Most of the infections are concentrated in Lima and its neighboring province of Callao, Suarez said during an interview with a private radio station.
The nation has set up specialized sites to identify cases and a laboratory where test results are available within 24 hours, he said.
Health Minister Jorge Lopez told journalists that most of those infected are men, between about 32 and 37 years old, and all of them are in stable condition.
He added that Peru is heeding the international alert issued by the World Health Organization, which reported over 16,000 monkeypox cases in 75 countries on Saturday, and is evaluating the acquisition of vaccines against the disease.