Six native Machiguenga children have died after contracting rabies in the province of La Convención, in Cusco.
The children were bitten by bats last week, according to La Republica. Two of the children had been transported to Lima, due to their poor health.
13 adults were also left in critical condition in the town of Camaná, La Republica said.
Pablo Grajeda, head of epidemiology at Cusco’s health authority, confirmed the deaths, and said authorities were “responding quickly to that area.”
The Ministry of Health announced they had sent rabies vaccines and a team of epidemiologists to Camaná, to offer medical care to the people who had been bitten.
Although the Ministry of Health has concluded the bat bites were the cause of death, Congressman Hernan De La Torre said he has received reports the children died due to pollution caused by liquid gas spillage at the nearby Camisea pipeline.
De La Torre warned more people could die given the small amount of health care available in these remote areas.