Health and tourism officials ask for redoubled effort against zika

The Ministerio de Salud and the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo are calling on tourism operators to redouble their efforts to control and reduce as far as possible cases of the zika virus.


The ministry and the institute are seeking the elimination of potential breeding spots for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The announcement Friday also is a recognition of the public relations damage the zika virus can do to tourism, both national and international.

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencia said it is using the most recent emergency declaration to transfer funds that are not marked for other purposes to fight the virus.

A number of the governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations are going public and stressing the work they are doing to eliminate the breeding spots.

The only effective direct efforts against the mosquito are fumigating and the elimination of breeding spots. Such efforts also are effective against the dengue virus and chikungunya, both carried by the same species of mosquito.

Zika causes the most concern because of the potential impact on unborn children.

The national petroleum monopoly, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo, for example, announced that its workers had collected more than a ton of trash last Thursday in Barrio El Carmen, Puntarenas.

Scenes like this are being repeated all over the country. Here workers for the state petroleum monopoly conduct a cleanup in Puntarenas.

Scenes like this are being repeated all over the country. Here workers for the state petroleum monopoly conduct a cleanup in Puntarenas.

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