The battle against dengue seems to have turned the corner. Casa Presidencial is announcing that new daily cases of the mosquito-born disease have dropped from 100 to seven in Parrita.
The central Pacific community has born the brunt of this year’s outbreak. In addition, the community hosts mosquitoes that carry three of the four various of the disease. That can be a dangerous mix.
The Ministerio de Salud has sent brigades into the community to knock on each door to seek cooperation from the residents. The brigade members are trying to eliminate the breeding places of the dengue mosquito.
President Laura Chinchilla visited the community over the weekend to inspect the new clinic put up by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. The clinic will serve about 20,000 persons.
The mix of different dengue strains is dangerous because although a person develops immunity to one strain, a mosquito bite delivering another strain exposes the individual to possible hemorrhagic fever, a severe and sometimes fatal condition.