On average, dengue becomes an epidemic in Costa Rica every three years.
Today marks the beginning of another series of battles directed at the disease that has sickened thousands in Costa Rica and other nations in the region. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social will announce initiatives that include increased education to prevent the illness and the destruction of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in public places. The mosquito carries the virus.
Compared to other Central American countries, Costa Rica experienced the worst rate of impact in dengue fever last year. That is why the Ministerio de Salud announced earlier this month that it would invest $600,000 in fighting the disease.
In 2013, there were nearly 15,000 reported cases of dengue. Three people died as a result of the fever. The tropical disease generally affects poorer populations in areas where there is standing water for the mosquitoes to breed. Fifteen of Costa Rica’s cantons housed 70 percent of dengue cases. These include Puntarenas and Nicoya which had the highest numbers of infected persons. These cantons are now on high alert as the Ministerio de Salud tries to prevent another epidemic outbreak.