Cases of Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Iincrease in Costa Rica

(Prensa Latina) Some data provided by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health have unveiled a total of 37 confirmed cases of Zika in the first two weeks of 2017, while excluding 79 people of being affected by this dangerous virus.

The weekly bulletin of the Vector Control Department and Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health, is reporting that in the first 14 days of this year 206 people were reportedly suspected of being affected by Zika, but only 37 were confirmed, 23 more than seven days ago.

During 2016, there were 1,614 Zika cases, out of a total of 6,835 suspects, from which 2,814 were discarded.

Among the 37 confirmed in the first two weeks of 2017, nine pregnant women are suspected, but they are yet to be confirmed in the laboratory.

The bulletin states that in the first week of January 2017, there were around 115,935 potential mosquito-breeding sites, from which 79 799 were treated and 366 646 eliminated.

Likewise, it notes that around 31 956 homes were visited, 13,984 homes were fumigated, and about 1,770 mosquito-breding sites with eggs or larvae were also found.

The report made by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health’s Vector Control Department also provides that in the period mentioned, there were 27 cases of chikungunya, much less than the 538 registered in the first two weeks of 2016, when three thousand 361 Costa Ricans were infected.

In addition, it reports 228 cases of dengue, much less than the 1,669 reported in the first 14 days of last year, in which 22 thousand 209 citizens were affected by this disease.