Huge increase in dengue fever in Costa Rica, including tourist areas

The 12.000 reported cases of dengue fever this year are 4 times the number recorded in the same time period last year. These cases include 20 people with dengue haemorrhagic fever and 1 possible death. About 60 percent of the cases are reported from high tourist areas along the central and north Pacific coast areas, and the Atlantic region. 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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