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In addition to the pandemic caused by covid-19, health authorities warn about the increase in cases of dengue fever.
- A.M. Costa Rica wire services illustrative photo -

Published Tuesday, September 8, 2020

More than 9,000 dengue-infected
cases registered in the country

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In addition to the pandemic caused by covid-19, health authorities warn about the increase in cases of dengue fever.

According to Social Security statistics, as of August 22, there were 9,008 cases of people infected with dengue in the country. This is an increase of 114% compared to the same period last year.

At this time there are cases reported throughout the country and in all ages. However, the regions with the most cases are Limón Province in the Caribbean Coast with 863 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and Puntarenas Province in the Pacific Coast, with 91 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Also, the most affected population group is between the ages of 10 to 39, with a rate of 54 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The majority of infected patients have been men, with a rate of 185 cases per 100,000 people. In the case of women, 168 cases have been registered for every 100,000 people.

Specialists report 27 confirmed cases of severe dengue.

Dengue causes flu-like symptoms and sometimes progresses to a life-threatening condition called severe dengue (formerly known as hemorrhagic dengue).

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. There are four distinct serotypes of the dengue virus: DEN 1, DEN 2, DEN 3 and DEN 4. Symptoms appear in 3–14 days, on average 4–7 days, after the infected bite. Dengue fever is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults.

There is no specific treatment for dengue fever. Severe dengue is potentially lethal, but early clinical diagnosis and careful clinical management often save lives.

According to specialists, the only method to control or prevent dengue transmission is to fight against vector mosquitoes. When the symptoms of the disease appear is when the person realizes that he has been infected by the virus.

Among the measures to prevent the spread of the mosquito are:

• Keeping a tidy home to prevent mosquitoes from finding places to lay their eggs.

• Properly removing solid waste and possible clean water deposits, no matter how small.

• Covering, emptying and cleaning water containers every week.

• Applying suitable insecticides to the containers in which water is stored outdoors.

• Using personal protection measures at home, such as window screens, long-sleeved clothing, repellants, insecticide-treated materials, coils, and vaporizers.

What have you heard about people infected with dengue in your community?   
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