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Costa Rica reports more deaths from tainted alcohol; dengue cases on the rise
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Costa Rica reports more deaths from tainted alcohol; dengue cases on the rise

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 6, 2019

Two more people died last week due to methanol poisoning, Costa Rica's Health Ministry reported. The deaths, which occurred in Santa Bárbara de Heredia and Santa Cruz…

Strikes cause partial shutdowns of public hospitals
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Strikes cause partial shutdowns of public hospitals

AFP and The Tico Times - August 5, 2019

Most public hospitals in Costa Rica partially suspended work Monday due to a 48-hour strike against a tax reform approved last year, which workers say seeks to…

U.S. Embassy issues safety alert over adulterated alcohol
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U.S. Embassy issues safety alert over adulterated alcohol

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 23, 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica has issued the following safety alert in response to at least 19 recent deaths suspected to have been caused by adulterated…

Costa Rican Caja reports significant delays for surgeries due to strike
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Costa Rican Caja reports significant delays for surgeries due to strike

Monserrat Cordero Parra / Semanario Universidad - July 5, 2019

Costa Rica’s Social Security System (CCSS) reported on Thursday that 42.3% of the surgeries scheduled for that day were canceled due to workers’ protests against the economic…

Costa Rica opens doors for in vitro fertilization
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Costa Rica opens doors for in vitro fertilization

Carlos Andrés Madrigal - June 25, 2019

It took a historic trial and years of discussions for the Costa Rican government to implement measures to ensure access to assisted reproduction methods in public health…

Costa Rica in sanitary alert due to respiratory illnesses
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Costa Rica in sanitary alert due to respiratory illnesses

Alejandro Zúñiga - June 13, 2019

Since June 5, Costa Rica has been under a sanitary alert due to higher-than-expected cases of respiratory illnesses. The Health Ministry issued the following bulletin on its…

Costa Rican begins influenza vaccination campaign
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Costa Rican begins influenza vaccination campaign

Monserrat Cordero Parra / Semanario Universidad - June 11, 2019

Health authorities launched Monday a vaccination campaign against the Influenza A and B viruses. The campaign will last until July 22 and will target people with diabetes,…

Cases of microcephaly quadruple in Costa Rica due to Zika
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Cases of microcephaly quadruple in Costa Rica due to Zika

Monserrat Cordero Parra / Semanario Universidad - May 23, 2019

Health authorities reported Wednesday that the births of children with microcephaly in Costa Rica have quadrupled since the appearance of the Zika virus in 2016. According to…

Costa Rica shares vision, guiding principles for universal healthcare
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Costa Rica shares vision, guiding principles for universal healthcare

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 22, 2019

Costa Rica shared its vision and guiding principles for universal healthcare at the 72nd World Health Assembly, held this week in Geneva, Switzerland. Elayne Whyte, Costa Rica's…

Costa Rica to begin administering HPV vaccine
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Costa Rica to begin administering HPV vaccine

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 25, 2019

The Social Security System (CCSS) announced Wednesday that Costa Rica will begin administering the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine as part of its basic vaccination schedule. Dr.…

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