The fight against the dengue mosquito has been declared in the public interest by the executive branch.
Daisy Corrales Díaz, the health minister, said that the declaration would free up some resources and improve the fight against the epidemic.
The Ministerio de Salud is putting into practice a contingency plan to rally a number of agencies. These include the Ministerio de Educación, the Fuerza Pública, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the Cruz Roja, the Comisión Nacional de Emergencia and local governments.
The wave of dengue has swept Central American and México. The most cases appear to be on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.
In Costa Rica even school kids are involved in trying to eliminate the breeding places of the mosquito in the vicinity of their school.
Health officials said that 25,648 homes containing 115,000 persons have been sprayed in the last six days. Next on the list are the cantons of Nandayure, Nicoya, Puntarenas, Barranca, Orotina, San Mateo, Pérez Zeledón and Siquierres, the ministry said.