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Health Ministry confirms sixth case of a baby born with Zika virus

During the first 22 weeks of this year there were 175 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the country. Of these, 27 are women who contracted the virus during pregnancy.

Health officials fight to avoid outbreaks of waterborne diseases

Health Ministry crews on Monday fumigated 270 houses and three shelters in the areas most affected by Hurricane Otto.

Costa Rica reports first baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly

Costa Rica's first registered case of a child born with microcephaly related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus was reported by health authorities on Thursday.

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.

Costa Rica ambassador in US warns of Zika vulnerabilities

Costa Rica's ambassador to the U.S. touted this week his country's success in keeping the mosquito-borne Zika virus in check, but warned of vulnerabilities, including migration and the coming rainy season.

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