The nation’s public health system is backing a campaign to eliminate old tires because they can be breeding grounds for the mosquito that carries dengue.
The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social reported last week that already there have been 3,711 persons diagnosed with dengue this year. The bulk of the infections are on the Atlantic coast and the central Pacific and Guanacaste.
The old tire campaign is being conducted by the vehicle inspection firm, Riteve SyC S.A. and Geocycle of the Grupo Holcim. The vehicle inspection stations are accepting the tires
in Lagunilla de Heredia, Alajuelita and in San Luis de SantoDomingo de Heredia. There are plans to extend the campaign to Cartago.
The large containers that were set up to hold the tires have had to be replaced because there have been so many brought to the stations. Marylene Quesada Quesada, coordinator of the campaign for the Caja said that this proves that people will act if given options with solid wastes.
The Caja with its clinics and hospitals spends millions of dollars each year to treat dengue cases. The disease causes severe pains and causes a rash on the body of a sufferer. A second infection with a related virus can be fatal.