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16 Year-Old and 40 Year-Old Give Birth To Babies With Microcephaly

16 Year-Old and 40 Year-Old Give Birth To Babies With Microcephaly

Q COSTA RICA –  In Puntarenas, a week ago, a 16 year-old girl and a 40 year-old woman gave birth to babies with microcephaly. The Costa Rica Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) classifies the cases of microcephaly as “probable”, as there is still a lack of evidence to associate this congenital malformation with the […]

Ministry Of Health Health Confirms The First Two Pregnant Women With Zika This Year

Q COSTA RICA – The Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) confirmed Wednesday the first two pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the first weeks of the year. In addition, seven probable cases of infected women are under investigation. Health officials did not reveal the origin or further details about the gestation period. […]

Zika Virus in Costa Rica: What You Need To Know Before You Travel

Zika Virus in Costa Rica: What You Need To Know Before You Travel

Q TRAVEL – The holiday travel season is here and Costa Rica is a very popular destination for many from around the world. Should you be worred about the Zika Virus? The ZIKA VIRUS IS SCARY because it targets the most vulnerable among us — its sudden, rapid spread across the Americas would not have […]

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Approved in Costa Rica

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Approved in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica is one eleven countries to date to approve the Sanofi Pasteur dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. Sanofi’s vaccines unit, said on Tuesday that its , had received market approval in eleven countries: Costa Rica, Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused […]

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

It’s the rainy season in Costa Rica. And the season for those pesky mosquitoes. It is important to practice mosquito prevention, especially for Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses. Most mosquitos are active at dawn and dusk. However, they can dine at any time of the day. Being dinner for a mosquito should not be one […]

Ministry of Health Continues To Find Zika Mosquito Breeding Sites

Ministry of Health Continues To Find Zika Mosquito Breeding Sites

QCOSTARICA – It started in Guanacaste, but the Zika virus is now also present in Alajuelita (San Jose) and Jacó. The Health Ministry Vector Control Program coordinator, Dr.Rodrigo Marin, asserted Monday that they had been working hard for a week and a half to control a Zika virus outbreak in Playa Jaco, on Costa Rica’s […]

Study Confirms That Nicoyans in Extreme Poverty Give Less Importance to Dengue

Study Confirms That Nicoyans in Extreme Poverty Give Less Importance to Dengue

QCOSTARICA by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste – There is not a neighborhood, business or news media that has not talked about the increase in dengue, zika and chikungunya in Nicoya. But do all Nicoyans really grasp the severity of the problem? In order to answer that question, a group of researchers from the State Distance University […]

Karolina’s Story: Living with Chagas

Karolina’s Story: Living with Chagas

(Q24N) by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste – This is the message that Karolina Paniagua Paniagua, a resident of Hojancha, sent us after reading the article published in this year’s January issue of The Voice of Guanacaste, wanting to share her story and let people know details about this peculiar disease. In her case, the symptoms […]

Costa Rica Decrees ‘Preventive’ Emergency Over Zika

Costa Rica Decrees ‘Preventive’ Emergency Over Zika

QCOSTARICA – The Ministry of Health and National Emergency Commission – Ministerio de Salud and the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE) –  declared a “preventive” emergency in 31 of Costa Rica’s 81 cantones over the spreading Zika virus. The decree, signed late Thursday by the health minister, Fernando Llorca […]

PANAMA: Zika Virus Cases Climbs to 73, One Imported

PANAMA: Zika Virus Cases Climbs to 73, One Imported

(TODAY PANAMA) The number of  cases of Zika virus confirmed in Panama had climbed to 73 by Saturday  February 20, says Health Minister, Francisco Javier Terrientes. Terrientes made the announcement  during a tour of the village of Pacora, where spraying is  underway  in the area of ​​Rio Chico,  a place under investigation for the first […]

Pregnant Tica Could Be First Indigenous Case of Zika In The Country

Pregnant Tica Could Be First Indigenous Case of Zika In The Country

QCOSTARICA – A pregnant women with 36 weeks gestation could become the first autochthonous case of the Zika virus in Costa Rica, reports Chrhoy.com According to the report, the Minister of Health, Dr. Fernando Llorca, confirms this is a woman in Guanacaste with a “very suspicious” case of carrying the Zika virus. Related: Canada Confirms […]

Health Officials: So Far No Evidence Zika Virus Circulating In The Country

Health Officials: So Far No Evidence Zika Virus Circulating In The Country

QCOSTARICA – Despite, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) including Costa Rica in the list of countries with indigenous cases of this disease, the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) says so far there is no evidence that the virus circulating in the country. The latest […]

Costa Rica On Alert For Possible Arrival Of Zika Virus

Costa Rica On Alert For Possible Arrival Of Zika Virus

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministery of Health (Ministerio de Salud) is on alert for the possible arrival of the Zika virus whose first cases in Latin America were in Brazil in February. The Zika virus is similar to Dengue Fever, with symptoms which include fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash, and swelling of the […]