First Death from Dengue Fever Confirmed in Costa Rica Since 2010

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Ministry of Health of Costa Rica confirmed the death of a woman due to dengue, who became the first fatality from the virus in the country since 2010.

    The director of the Ministry of Health Surveillance, Mary Ethel Trejos, told the press that the victim is a woman who lived in the province of Guanacaste (North Pacific), which one of the highest incidence of dengue.

    The official gave no further details of the woman and said there are other 13 deaths in research to determine if they were caused by the virus that is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

    Costa Rica has not had any dengue deaths recorded since 2010, when four people were killed, according to the Ministry of Health.

    This virus appeared in Costa Rica in 1993 and has since killed 23 people.

    This year has the highest number of dengue cases in the history of this country with 43,825, higher than the 37,798 number accumulated in the twelve months of 2005, which held the previous record.

    At least 115 cases for 2013 have been of the serious variety.

    The mosquito breeds in stagnant water, so the rainy season (May to November) is usually the when the highest incidence of the virus occurs in Costa Rica, although the disease has been prominent throughout the entire year.

    The places most affected by dengue have been the Pacific coastal provinces, Guanacaste and Puntarenas, where health authorities have been strengthening educational campaigns, destroying mosquito breeding sites, and spraying. (EFE)

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