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New Cases of Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Detected in Costa Rica

So far there have been "no cases of microcephaly or neurological syndromes" associated with Zika/Photo: Web
New Cases of Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Detected in Costa Rica

Data from the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica shows that since the beginning of the year there have been a total of 255 confirmed cases of Zika, 17 of them imported, and an addition 816 suspected cases, which were ruled out.

The weekly newsletter of the Directorate of Vector Control and the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health, report that 52 new cases were detected over the last seven days.

Out of the 238 indigenous cases of infestation, 146 are women – 15 of them pregnant, the latest detected yesterday – and 92 males; the average age is 26, the youngest infected is one-year-old, and the eldest is 74-years-old, says the report.

According to information from the Ministry of Health, of these 15 pregnant women, one had a miscarriage, not associated with the disease. So far there have been no cases of microcephaly or neurological syndromes associated with Zika.

The report states that from January to date, out of a total of 1,773,181 potential breeding grounds of mosquitoes, 1,172,506 were treated, and 600,675 eliminated.

It also notes that 409,611 homes were visited, out of which 23,139 had eggs or larvae.

The report by the Vector Control Directorate of the Ministry of Health also shows that so far in 2016, 1647 cases of Chikungunya have been detected, with an incidence rate of 34 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Also, 10,210 dengue cases were reported, an incidence rate of 211 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Source/Prensa Latina

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