Malaria alert in Costa Rica

A health alert was declared in Costa Rica Wednesday for new cases of malaria-related to travel and immigration to and from Nicaragua, where the disease is much more present. This was announced by the Ministry of Public Health in a statement.

The alert will lead to greater surveillance of all potential cases in the country, especially in the lowlands, as well as greater communication with the national population about the symptoms of malaria.

“Costa Rica did not present transmission in the years 2012 to 2015. However, this year there have been 4 cases of autochthonous transmission in the North and Caribbean areas.

“Due to the high rate of constant migration between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, mostly due to labor reasons, and taking into account that Nicaragua has recently reported a high number of cases, it was decided to declare Alert Sanitary for Increased Risk of Malaria Transmission in Costa Rica. “

The statement said.

Some recommendations to prevent this infection of this disease are as follows;

  1. Use of mosquito repellents: A repellent cream with DEET (diethyl toluamide) is recommended as the most efficient form of preventive treatment.
  2. On the outside, it is advised to wear long-sleeved clothing and long pants, especially at dusk and at dawn.

If your program includes the Caribbean or Northern areas is important to check with your doctor before coming to Costa Rica to see preventive measures.

 


Reference:
Ministeriodesaludgocr(2017, 14 september)Malaria en Costa Rica[Weblog]Retrieved 22 September 2017, from https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/alertas/alertas-sanitarias

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