A total of 157 cases of zika were confirmed in Costa Rica in the first 18 weeks of 2017, while 772 people were reported likely to carry that arbovirus, according to the Ministry of Health.The weekly bulletin of the Directorate of Vector Control and the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health reports that of the confirmed cases in the mentioned period were 26 pregnant women and one probable with the disease, as well as in the run of the There are three probable cases of congenital syndrome associated with

costa rica virusThe weekly bulletin of the Directorate of Vector Control and the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health reports that of the confirmed cases in the mentioned period were 26 pregnant women and one probable with the disease, as well as in the run of the There are three probable cases of congenital syndrome associated with zika.

During 2016, there were 1,614 cases of this disease, out of a total of 6,835 suspects, of which 2,814 were discarded, two cases of congenital syndromes and two neurological associated with the virus were confirmed.

The bulletin indicates that in the first 18 weeks of 2017 they approached one million 261 thousand 142 potential breeding sites of the mosquitoes transmitting that virus and others such as chikungunya and dengue, of which they treated 840 thousand 794 and eliminated 420 thousand 348.

costa rica newsLikewise, it notes that they visited 260 thousand 839 houses, sprayed 114 thousand 913 and found 10 thousand 123 hatcheries with eggs or larvae. Car tires, tanks, and buckets, plastic to cover, animal drinkers and dishes of pots are the main deposits where the health authorities ties find breeding grounds.

The Health Surveillance Directorate’s report also shows that in the referred period 136 cases of chikungunya were detected, much less than the 1,585 registered in the first 18 weeks of 2016 when three thousand 361 Costa Ricans had this disease.

costa rica newsAlso, he continues, reports 1,120 cases of dengue, a figure well below the 7 thousand 138 found in the first 126 days of last year, in which 22 thousand 209 Costa Ricans presented this disease.

The report also includes four cases of malaria detected in 2017, three of them imported and one indigenous.

Last year, Costa Rica registered 13 malaria patients, four of them indigenous, transmitted mainly by the Anopheles albimanus mosquito, which has behavior patterns and breeding sites other than Aedes aegypti, which transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya.