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103-year-old mother and 83-year-old daughter receive flu shot at home

Luz Ania Carrillo Vargas, 83 and her mother, doña Licitania Vargas Arce, 103, were among the elderly to get a visit at their home from an official of the Ciudad Quesada health area, to vaccinate them against the seasonal flu. Sitting in an armchair in...

A mutant coronavirus has emerged, even more contagious than the original, study says

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National...

Ex-Minister of Health Maria Luisa Avila: pandemic of covid-19 is not comparable with AH1N1

Neither influenza AH1N1 is comparable to SARS-CoV-2, the respiratory virus responsible for covid-19, nor the way the conditions were managed in the pandemic that hit the world in 2009 can be compared to those that surprised the planet 11 years later. The former Health Minister,...

With rains respiratory viruses will increase; Health calls for extreme hygiene measures

Though the rainy season doesn't typically kick in until mid-May, the national weather service reports that the transition from dry to rainy has already begun. "The Intertropical Convergence Zone has approached our country, a condition that favors humidity entering our territory and the increase in...

The Fearsome March of 1920: A Century Ago, Costa Rica Faced Another Pandemic

The so-called Spanish flu wreaked havoc in Costa Rica exactly 100 years ago: it left almost 2,300 dead, canceled theaters and dances, postponed the school year and tested an incipient health system ... History repeats itself; any resemblance to today may not be coincidental.

Significant increase in respiratory viruses at Children’s Hospital in San Jose

Two viruses that are circulating simultaneously at the Children's Hospital in San Jose, the respiratory syncytia (RSV) and influenza virus.

Parents opposed to vaccinating their children may lose custody

Parents who oppose vaccinating their children may end up in court and even lose custody of the children. Up to March of this year the national children's welfare, the Patronado Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), received a little more than 3,500 complaints, ranging from lack...

Costa Rica Health Ministry Confirmed 14 Deaths From AH1N1

QCOSTARICA = Although the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) is confident the AH1N11 influenza and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) will end before the start of the school year next month, the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) remains an active protocol against infectious...

Costa Rica Confirms 7 Deaths To AH1N1 Virus

QCOSTARICA - Authorities of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security - confirmed Tuesday the death this month of seven people from the AH1N1 virus. The deaths occurred in the hospital in San Carlos, the Max Peralta and another private...

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