The British TV company Cicada Films has denied being responsible for a flu epidemic in a remote region of Peru that according to local Indians caused four deaths.

In a statement the company said, ‘The researcher and his guide did not visit the area where the deaths are said to have occurred and no deaths occurred amongst the individuals they met.

‘The researcher worked with experienced local guides and the relevant authorities who have jurisdiction over the Park. They at all times followed correct procedure and worked with the necessary permits for entry into the park.

‘At no time did the Cicada researcher go outside the area of their permit.’