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Costa Rica's ministra de Salud, María Luisa
Ávila, yesterday said that 11 new cases of
AH1N1 have been confirmed after performing
test on 13 suspected cases, bringing the
total number of confirmed cases to 20 and
Ávila said that two of the thirteen
suspected cases were ruled out after sample
test results were obtained by the Instituto
Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza
en Nutrición y Salud (Inciensa).
The ministra added that they have also sent
samples to the Center for Disease Control
(CDC) in Atlanta.
Ministra Ávila said the health alert
continues, confirming that since April 24,
they have investigated 1.042 suspected
cases, of which 893 have been discarded, 128
are still pending results and 20 confirmed.
Among the confirmed cases there was a
peasant from the Cartago province, who
infected four members of his family, Avila
said. A girl from Heredia, some 15 km
northeast of San Jose, also passed the virus
to her brother, the ministra added.
"We are investigating the transmission chain
in these cases, because it seems they have
not had contact with people from outside.
But still we cannot talk about an
autochthonous transmission," Avila said.
The ministra said that contact must be close
and tight, this means that there is no mass
In addition, the ministra said that the
probable cases are still treated as
confirmed cases, and they are receiving the
respective treatment and are being are
following up on all contacts they may have
Health officials are also continuing their
efforts in all the provinces, though the
majority of the cases have been in San Jose.
At the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport,
health officials are greeting all arrivals,
as visitors are asked to fill out a health
form, which is reviewed by the health
official and then handed over to immigration