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Zika crisis to get ‘worse before it gets better,’ WHO says
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Zika crisis to get ‘worse before it gets better,’ WHO says

Sebastian Smith | AFP - February 25, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- The Zika virus, believed to be linked to the serious birth defect microcephaly, presents a "formidable" challenge that will be hard to stamp out,…

Tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus

L. Arias - February 24, 2016

The day after health authorities announced Costa Rica's first two locally-transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, tourism officials held an emergency meeting to talk about how…

Costa Rica confirms first two local cases of Zika virus
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica confirms first two local cases of Zika virus

L. Arias - February 22, 2016

Officials from Costa Rica's Health Ministry on Monday confirmed that two women from the community of Sámara, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, are the first two…

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

Brady Dennis | The Washington Post - February 19, 2016

It's one of the most relentless stalkers on Earth, using a tiny, needle-like probe to sip its victims' blood. It dines almost exclusively on humans and never…

Costa Rica boosts measures against Zika, rules out risks for tourists
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica boosts measures against Zika, rules out risks for tourists

L. Arias - February 9, 2016

Officials from several government agencies on Monday said the current situation of Zika virus does not pose a risk for tourists traveling to Costa Rica, and that there is…

The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases
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The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

Chris Mooney | The Washington Post - February 4, 2016

The alarming spread of the Zika virus – caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus…

Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country
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Global
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Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country

L. Arias - January 28, 2016

Following the confirmation of the first case of a Tico infected with the rapidly spreading Zika virus, Costa Rica Health Ministry officials on Wednesday announced new steps to boost surveillance at all…

Costa Rican health officials report first cases this year of chikungunya virus in Jacó, Garabito
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Chikungunya blues
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Costa Rican health officials report first cases this year of chikungunya virus in Jacó, Garabito

L. Arias - July 25, 2015

Health Ministry officials this week reported that so far this year a total of 142 people have contracted the chikungunya virus in Costa Rica, among them the…

Zika who? Costa Rica on alert following first confirmed cases of the virus in the Americas
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Health
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Zika who? Costa Rica on alert following first confirmed cases of the virus in the Americas

L. Arias - June 5, 2015

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an epidemiological alert on the potential spread on the continent of the mosquito-borne viral disease Zika, which is similar to dengue and…

Costa Rica reports fewer cases of dengue this year
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Dengue
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Costa Rica reports fewer cases of dengue this year

L. Arias - June 4, 2015

The number of dengue cases in the first five months of this year in Costa Rica dropped by 50.4 percent compared with figures from last year, the Health Ministry reported. From Jan. 1…

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