No additional local zika cases reported

Costa Rica continues to hold the line on the zika virus. The Ministerio de Salud reported Wednesday that there still are just eight confirmed cases of the virus in residents who appear to have contracted the disease here. Seven are in Sámara and one is in Nosara, which is further north on the far Pacific coast. Two are men and the rest are women. One woman is pregnant.

The health ministry also said that four cases have been confirmed in persons who contracted the virus in another country. Two were infected in Nicaragua and one was infected in Colombia and another in Honduras, the ministry said.

The ministry and private firms are engaged in aggressive spraying and elimination of places where the mosquito vectors breed.

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