Health Ministry reports outbreak of Dengue in Pavas, Santa Ana and Alajuelita

English: Stegomyia aegypti (formerly Aedes aeg...

English: Stegomyia aegypti (formerly Aedes aegypti) mosquito biting a human. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

November 22nd, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) Pavas, Santa Ana and Alajuelita, in the Central Valley, have seen an increase in the number of dengue cases, according to the Health Ministry. The director of Surveillance at the Ministry of Health, Maria Ethel Trejos, said she also was concerned about the amount of cases in San Miguel, Escazu.

 

“Other places in which there has been a growth in cases are Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and the northern part of Heredia (Sarapiqui). We recommend people to eliminate places that can be breeding centers both inside and outside of homes,” she said.

 

The minister said that last week’s report showed 34 serious cases of dengue (hemorrhagic dengue, or dengue that affects organs).

 

The public health coordinator in Escazu, Eduardo Carvajal, said that dengue cases in San Miguel, Escazu have been increasing since mid-October.

 

“There has been an increase in suspected dengue cases, in one specific sector in San Miguel. In downtown Escazu, specifically 300 meters south of the Banco Nacional, there are 7 cases. One is confirmed by an INCIENSA lab, the others are pending confirmation,” said Carvajal.

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