• Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rica’s rainy season brings rise in Zika cases

May 11, 2016

The number of people in Costa Rica who have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus reached 32 this week, the Health Ministry reported Wednesday.

More than half of the cases are in the popular Pacific beach town of Jacó, in Puntarenas province. The Health Ministry has registered 19 cases of people in Jacó who are thought to have contracted the Zika virus locally. Eight of those cases were recorded in the last week.

Among the infected are two pregnant women. The youngest patient is a 3-year-old boy from Alajuelita, a canton south of the capital, San José.

The beginning of the rainy season brings a proliferation of stagnant water that serves as breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main carrier of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.

In late February, health officials declared a state of emergency in 31 cantons following confirmation of the first two locally-transmitted cases of Zika, as well as a spike in cases of dengue and chikungunya. Garabito canton, where Jacó is located, is already included in that list.

The other confirmed cases were in Guanacaste province: eight of them in Nicoya and one in Carrillo. The four remaining cases are from Alajuelita.

There are also six confirmed cases of people who contracted Zika abroad: two who likely got the virus in Colombia, two in Honduras, one in Nicaragua one in the Dominican Republic.

Preventive actions

The Public Health Ministry is boosting efforts to prevent and mitigate the proliferation of mosquito-borne diseases. To date this year, health officials have inspected and fumigated just over 283,000 homes across the country, the health surveillance department reported.

During those inspections, officials found and eradicated more than 10,700 mosquito-breeding sites containing eggs or larvae. They also removed or treated 1.1 million potential breeding spots.

Health Minister Fernando Llorca urged the population to help by getting rid of all objects that can collect stagnant water.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica seizes 2.5 tons of cocaine in two operations
Costa Rica
51 views
Costa Rica
51 views

Costa Rica seizes 2.5 tons of cocaine in two operations

AFP and The Tico Times - September 21, 2019

Costa Rican authorities seized 2.5 tons of cocaine in two separate operations carried out on the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines,…

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement
Central America
49 views
Central America
49 views

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

The United States and El Salvador reached an immigration agreement on Friday, the interim secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan,…

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG
Keylor Navas
38 views
Keylor Navas
38 views

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas debuted in the Champions League with Paris SG on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory against…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!