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Costa Rican officials battling dengue outbreak


(ISH) Costa Rican health officials are dealing with about four times as many cases of dengue this year than in 2012, according to the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS).

A total of 14,284 cases have been diagnosed nationwide, according to Elena Ramírez, a CCSS spokesperson.

Ramírez said those who are most at risk are between the ages of 15 and 65 – not just those between 20 and 29 as in previous years.

Dengue has killed three people in the Central American nation this year.

Of the 14,284 cases, just 30 have been diagnosed as the more sever dengue hemorrhagic.

Residents are most at risk of contacting dengue during the rainy season, which runs until November, according to Caja.

The most affected areas in the nation’s capital of San José are Santa Ana, Mora, La Carpio, Pavas, México, and Los Guido, according to the Costa Rican news website CRhoy.

The provinces of Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Limón and Alajuela also have reported a high number of cases.

“Epidemiologists said that, right now, the Costa Rican population is vulnerable because three strains of the dengue virus are circulating, and the probability of a second infection by this virus is highly elevated,” Caja said in a prepared statement.

The symptoms of dengue, which is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, are high fever, massive headaches and bodily pain. The symptoms are the same for dengue hemorrhagic, which is more deadly because it can cause internal bleeding, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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