Dengue fever concerns in Costa Rica

Earlier this year, every week, there were approximately 1,000 newly infected people with dengue fever. Health officials estimate that up to 12 percent of the country's population has been infected. The most affected areas include the southwestern coastal districts, including the municipalities of Atenas, Quepos, and Parrita.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.