Some holiday events may be suspended over viruses

Health ministry officials said Monday that they are considering suspending large public events in Guanacaste and Puntarenas over the holiday season.

The action would be an effort to control the spread of dengue fever and the chikungunya. Both are carried by mosquitoes.  The Ministerio de Salud must approve such gatherings.

Priscilla Herrera García, the director general de Salud, and María Ethel Trejos, director of Vigilancia de la Salud, said they met Monday to discuss the situation.

Among other actions they said they would be sending additional warnings to municipalities asking them to increase their efforts against the mosquitoes. Of particular concern are the cantons of  Santa Cruz, Carillo, Nicoya and Puntarenas.

They also said they were seeking the collaboration of the tourism chambers because the outbreaks can have an impact on that industry. The ministry officials said they wanted the public to know that they are working to stem the outbreak.

Among other measures, vacations have been canceled for health workers in the affected areas on the Pacific coast and along the borders.

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