Medical epidemiologist and newly-appointed coordinator of Costa Rica’s National Disease Vector Control Program, Rodrigo Marin Rodriguez said that Costa Rica could see up to 60,000 cases of Zika infection in a worst case scenario in an interview published by the daily La Nacion on Friday.
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health confirmed a second imported case of the Zika virus on Friday.
The WHO warns the Zika virus is spreading rapidly through the Americas and could affect as many as four million people.
The collapse in global oil prices isn’t just affecting stock markets, business bottom lines and economic growth rates. It’s also having a serious impact on the sex lives and health of many Venezuelans.
Costa Rica now ranks number two in Central America – behind only El Salvador – in terms of annual suicides, according to official statistics by the Ministry of Health, which now deems suicide as a public health concern.
Blood pressure drugs have the potential to save millions of lives, including those who don’t suffer from hypertension, according to new research published in The Lancet . Results from a meta-analysis led by cardiologists at the University of Oxford suggests these drugs should also be offered to people who face higher risk of heart attack and stroke, regardless of their blood pressure at the start of treatment.
Brazilian health authorities are expressing grave concern and have declared a state of emergency, following the birth of 2,400 babies with small heads and a condition that causes severe brain damage.
The Philippines has granted approval for the sales of a new dengue vaccine, following Mexico as the first two countries to allow a treatment that could prevent the flu-like illness that threatens half the world’s population, including Costa Rica, where an average 3,500 cases are confirmed annually in country of 4.8 million where the mosquito-transmitted virus is common.