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QCOSTARICA – The outbreak of the Zika virus in the Central Pacific town of Jaco has worsened, health officials reporting 10 new cases last week. According to the Ministry of Health, in just seven days, the number of cases went from 67 to 77 people with the virus in the district of Garabito.

In addition, at the national level, the number of cases has grown to 127 cases, that is 20 new cases in the same period, which are spread out in 19 cantones across the country.

So, 60% of the cases of Zika are in Garabito (Jaco area) alone.

Parrita and Quepos (south of Jaco) have had new cases in the past week. So has San Mateo, the small town between Jaco and San Jose. Across the country, communities reporting cases of Zika include Grecia, Esparza, Montes de Oro, Heredia, Guacimo, Limon, La Cruz, Carrillo, Golfito, Puntarenas, Santa Cruz, Nicoya and Alajuelita.

Of the 127 cases, 52 are men and 75 women, all between 1 and 74 years of age.

In addition, the number of imported case of the Zika virus has grown, as of Wednesday there were 12 confirmed cases of the virus arriving from Nicaragua.

Health officials in Costa Rica report that to date five pregnant women are registered with the virus, of which two have already given birth and their babies did not suffer any complications. In the other three doctors have not detected if the babies may present malformations caused by the virus.

The first case of Zika was confirmed in February this year in Nicoya, Guanacaste.

Dengue is still a concern for health officials, with 8.323 confirmed cases of dengue as of June 11 (week 23), increasing from 7,711 a week earlier (week 22). See our report Costa Rica approves sale of dengue vaccine.

The number of people with Chikungunya has remained constant.

Source La Nacion