Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Dengue fears prompt cancellation of Limón carnival

October 3, 2008

For the second year in a row, Costa Rica officials canceled the annual Caribbean carnival in Limón set for next weekend because for fears of dengue fever, according to the Public Health Ministry.

Health Minister María Luisa Avila told the daily La Nación that the city´s growing trash problem poses too great a risk of an outbreak.

The city´s trash must be hauled to a dumping ground 100 kilometers away, and the result is a backup of rubbish in the streets. The trash, which would multiply with the influx of people to the carnival, attracts mosquitoes.

Last year, Avila canceled the carnival after more than 2,000 cases of dengue plagued the Limón province in under a year. This year, cases are down 65 percent in the province, Avila told La Nación.

“I´d rather be the bad guy if it´s going to help people´s health,” she said. “We can´t risk losing what we´ve worked so hard for.”

You may be interested

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October
Costa Rica
5554 views
Costa Rica
5554 views

Costa Rica immigration offices to remain closed until October

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

The Immigration Administration on Friday said its main and regional offices will remain closed until October due to the coronavirus…

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend
Pic of the Day
779 views
Pic of the Day
779 views

Pic of the Day: Hopping into the weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 19, 2020

Happy weekend from all of us at The Tico Times! [caption id="attachment_62085" align="aligncenter" width="740"] (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_111342"…

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID
Dental Tourism
2504 views
Dental Tourism
2504 views

Top dental clinics in Costa Rica meet patient needs in the age of COVID

Vayolla Quiros / Goodness Dental - September 18, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guidelines for dental settings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.…