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Dengue vaccine likely to be available at public hospitals next year

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry on Monday approved the use of Dengvaxia, the first licensed dengue vaccine recommended by the World Health Organization.

Zika virus total surpasses 100 cases in Costa Rica

The latest report from the Health Ministry released last week states that there are 107 confirmed cases of Zika virus, 67 of them in the Central Pacific canton of Garabito.

Tire mosquito trap could boost Zika control

Researchers said Thursday they have found a way to fashion a cheap mosquito trap out of old tires that can collect thousands of eggs that may carry the Zika virus.

No new cases of Zika in Costa Rica in recent weeks

The number of confirmed Zika cases since the beginning of this year remains 12, eight of them contracted in the country, in Guanacaste.

Vaccine against dengue virus is 100 percent effective: study

The study was done in the United States, where dengue does not circulate in the population. This helped researchers identify the vaccine's effectiveness in people who had not been previously exposed to any strain of dengue.

Public sector employees to have all Holy Week off

The Labor Ministry will send most of the 300,000 public sector employees home for Easter Holy Week, Mar. 21-27, in order to promote domestic tourism.

Costa Rica decrees emergency to prevent spread of Zika, other mosquito-borne viruses

The increase in cases of mosquito-borne diseases around the country prompted officials of the Public Health Ministry and the National Emergency Commission on Thursday evening to declare a state of emergency for 31 cantons at all seven provinces.

Dengue, chikungunya cases in Costa Rica up by over 600 percent

While the mosquito-borne Zika virus captures headlines, dengue and chikungunya cases in Costa Rica have both quietly jumped more than 600 percent in 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Mosquito spreading Zika has long been one of the world’s ‘most efficient killers’

It fits easily onto a single fingernail, and yet has tormented armies and obliterated the population of entire cities.
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