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Dengue In Costa Rica On Upward Trend As Central America Faces An Epidemic

Dengue virus makes more people sick in Costa Rica, at a time when Central America faces an epidemic with more than 200 deaths The number of dengue cases in Costa Rica is seeing an upward trend at a time when the rest of Central American...

Alert Over Severe Dengue Outbreak in Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health has issued an epidemiological alert over the spread of dengue fever, which has killed at least eight people this year and is suspected in some 55,000 cases. Fumigation is being implemented with the active participation of several institutions including the National...

Country registers strong increase in dengue

Costa Rica has registered a strong increase in cases of dengue so far in the current rainy season, with 70% more infections than in the same period last year, the Ministry of Health reported Friday. As of June 2019, 1,666 cases of dengue were registered,...

A Dangerous Practice, Not Storing Water Safely

The extremely dry season has meant 'controlled water cuts' throughout the country, a situation causing people to store water in receptacles for the time there is none coming out of the tap. However, sometimes they forget about proper storage which could cause mosquito larvae...

Argentina prepares to fight Zika with sterile mosquitoes by radiation

After its success in controlling a devastating fruit fly with nuclear technology, Argentina is gearing up to fight a new enemy: mosquitoes that transmit Zika, in addition to dengue and chikungunya. The method applied in both cases is the sterile insect technique, SIT, an insect...

Panama And Costa Rica Fight Dengue Outbreak In Border Area

Q COST RICA Panamanian and Costa Rican authorities have reinforced efforts to prevent an increase in dengue cases in the border region. Patricio Camarena, coordinator of the Department of Vector Control of Panama's Ministry of Health in Chiriqui, there has been an increase in dengue...

The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights

(Q24N) Pia Riggirozzi, University of Southampton - The World Health Organization declared that the Zika epidemic was an international emergency in February 2016. While the WHO lifted the declaration nine months later, the crisis is far from over. Zika, which has been linked to...

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...

Don’t Leave Home Without Plans For An Emergency

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL (By Emily Sohn, Special to The Washington Post) One morning during a family trip to Costa Rica last winter, I paddled out to catch some waves while my 8-year-old took a surfing lesson close to shore. The swell looked bigger than...

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 —...

Ten Myths and Truths About Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya

(QCOSTARICA by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste.com) Being sick with Dengue, Zika or Chikungunya turns you into a victim of a barrage of advice, remedies and warnings without knowing whether they are urban legends or if they have some sort of medical basis to back...

Panama Reports More than 400 Cases of The Zika Virus

(Prensa Latina) Since the zika virus appeared in November 2015, the public health authorities confirmed a total of 461 cases in Panama, of which 422 correspond to the present year. Among the most affected regions, there are the capital (174 cases) and the region of...

Nicaragua Reports Cases of Zika Reaches 1,863; Of Which 986 Are Pregnant

Pregnant teens in Casa Campo in La Dalia. PRESS / L.E. M(Today Nicaragua) Health authorities reported today 12 new cases of Zika in the country, bringintthe total to 1,863 patients, of which 986 are pregnant. Of the 12 positive samples that were added between yesterday...

You can’t avoid Zika anymore. Here’s how to travel in Zika zones.

(QCOSTARICA) Avoiding Zika is no longer an option of saying "I'll just avoid places where there's Zika". According to the CDC, the Zika virus been reported in all countries in the Americas with the exception of Canada and and Chile. In Costa Rica, the Ministerio...

Costa Rica Confirms 839 Cases Of Zika, Much Less Than The Expected 60,000

In January 2016, a 25 year old man becomes the first Costa Rican with the Zika virus. At the time, in the worst case scenario, expected was 60,000 cases by the end of the year. Although we haven't reached anywhere near the 60,000, August closed...

“The Worst Is Yet To Come”,Health Official Conerned Of The Spread of Zika in The Country

(QCOSTARICA) The increased number of cases of Zika in the country has prompted renewed concerns by Ministry of Health officials, warning that the worst is yet to come. "We are in the worst times of the year and the worst is yet to come," warned...

Fears You Need To Stop Letting Dictate Your Travels

WE HUMANS AREN’T VERY GOOD at calculating risk, especially when it comes to travel: whenever there’s a terrorist attack in a foreign country, trips are frantically canceled (sometimes at a huge financial loss) because of the worry that the country is no longer safe....

Promising Vaccines Developed Against Zika Virus

QCOSTARICA - The development of a safe and effective vaccine against the Zika virus against humans may be successful, with results of a major study published in the international weekly journal of science, Nature. The researchers said, based on their findings, a Zika vaccine...

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...

Zika Outbreak Worsens In Jacó

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...

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...

Zika Virus Outbreak in Jaco: 19 Cases So Far

QCOSTARICA - The number of patients with the Zika virus has reached 19 in the Pacific coastal community of Jaco, Puntarenas. Health Minister Fernando Llorca said the increase in the number of cases in the area is no surprise, given the large "mobile" population in...

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...

Joselyn Perez: “I Am a Happy Mother Because Zika Did Not Affect My Baby”

QCOSTARICA by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguancaste.com - “Look, I do not want to talk to any of you . A lot has been said and it has hurt us.” That is how we were received by Joselyn Perez Valencia, who became the first confirmed...

Zika fears increase demand for abortions in countries where it’s illegal to have one

(Q24N) via Latimes.com - As the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, spreads across Latin America, the demand for abortions is increasing in countries where there are few legal avenues to obtain one. “It has made the issue more salient and has...

Airlines Worry Zika May Be Hurting Americas Travel: IATA CEO

Q24N (Reuters) The spread of the Zika virus today could threaten the operations of airlines in the Americas by discouraging travel to the region, said the director general of the Association of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler. "A number of members have expressed...

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...

US, Brazil Join Forces to Fight Zika Virus

(Q24N via AP) GENEVA - The head of the World Health Organization's Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a "fantastic Olympics" and that the mosquito-borne virus will be "way down" by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro...

Costa Rica Health Officials Confirm First Two Home-grown Cases Of The Zika Virus

QCOSTARICA - Fumigating and house-to-house visits to identify and destroy mosquito breeding grounds are part of the Ministry of Health to contain the Zika virus in the area of Nicoya, Guanacaste, after confirming the first two indigenous cases. A 24 year-old resident of Samara, who...

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...

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...

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...

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