They urge Costa Rica to expand prevention in the face of dengue resurgence | News

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The Ministry of Health of Costa Rica warned this Saturday about the expansion of the dengue outbreak in that Central American nation, where until October 21, 18,194 cases were recorded.


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Through a statement, the portfolio reported that this number of patients represents triple compared to the same period in 2022, when health authorities detected 6,097.

The report specified that the cases are concentrated in the Huetar Caribe region (5,218), followed by the Central North (4,110) and the Central Pacific (2,556).

Although cases are reported in other cantons of the country, the highest numbers of them were detected so far in Puntarenas (1,490), Sarapiquí (1,486), Pococí (1,375), Alajuela (1,339), Siquirres (1,251) and San Carlos (1,144). ).

According to the data, the 18,194 cases of dengue are equivalent to a rate of 345.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the period analyzed, in 2022, the rate reached 116.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The ministry considered that the high presence of dengue could be related to "the circulation of 3 or 4 serotypes, so it is extremely important not to let our guard down and reinforce prevention measures," the text says.

The health authorities urged the population to "constantly clean and check the containers in which water is stored for domestic use, check and clean canoes, as well as put unused tires indoors or take them to the respective collection sites".

In addition, they asked citizens to allow access to the homes of health officials in charge of fumigation against the transmitting agent of dengue, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The previous alert about the dengue outbreak in Costa Rica dates back to last September 6, when the increase in infections was close to 42 percent. Since that moment, the Ministry of Health has reiterated that it is essential to work on prevention to reduce the presence of the disease.

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