The zika virus can trick sufferers into believing that they have dengue, but this new malady is nowhere near as bad.
The virus is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes species, notes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The virus is mainly in West Africa and in Brazil. But the mosquitoes are common in Costa Rica, so the virus may reach here.
The most common symptoms of zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eye, said the centers, adding that the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.
Prevention is the same for zika as for dengue and other more serious mosquito-born diseases: Don’t get bit.
Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens, said the centers.