Costa Rica declares health emergency due to dengue fever

With over 12,000 reported cases of dengue fever along with 3 deaths, Costa Rican authorities have declared a health emergency. Many of the cases have occurred in tourist destinations along the Pacific Coast. The number of reported cases is 4 times the number reported in the same time period last year. There may be many more unreported cases since counting and reporting may be hampered by lack of local access to health care, and many persons with mild illness may not seek health care. Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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