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Government Declares A Health Emergency in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican government issued a "health emergency" declaration yesterday following the confirmation of two cases of swine flu. The declaration allows the Arias administration to reinforce prevention, vigilance and medical attention in the country.

The declaration also allows health officials to issue restrictive measures to prevent the infected from spreading the virus to the rest of the population.

The declaration was signed Tuesday afternoon by Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias and the ministra de Salud, María Luisa Ávila, following the news confirming the second case of swine flu in Costa Rica.

The first case was of a 21 year old woman who has recently returned from Mexico. She was treated at the Calderon Guardia hospital, while the news broke of a second case, that of a 29 year old man being treated in Heredia.

In the case of the woman, she has returned to Costa Rica from Mexico and after 24 hour observation at the Calderon Guardia she was released on Sunday. The man told health officials he had also returned from a trip to Mexico on Saturday, but on a different flight than the woman.

Fortunately, in both cases, the symptoms were mild and both are out of danger, although tissue samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.

The emergency declaration also serves as proof of disability in work and education.

As of yesterday afternoon the Comisión Nacional contra la Pandemia de Influenza registered 35 cases of suspected swine flu.

Ministra Ávila admitted that more cases are expected and said the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - social security - is ready to face the emergency, beginning with the distribution of the first 3.000 antiviral treatments to treat any infected.




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