Tamarindo will be hunting mosquitoes

Tamarindo business leaders and their employees will be off on a mosquito hunt starting at 7 a.m. Thursday in the Pacific coast town.

The community and nearby  Playa Langosta are heavily dependent on the tourism trade, and any hint of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry dengue and the zika virus can have devastating economic impacts.

Students from the Universidad Nacional also will be participating, said a spokesman for the  Cámara de Comercio y Turismo de Tamarindo, which is organizing the sweep.

Some 60 who may participate were briefed this week. Also there were residents of  Villarreal, Santa Rosa, Brasilito and La Garita.

The goal, of course, is to locate and eliminate any receptacle in which mosquitoes can grow to adulthood. That includes old tires, plastic bottles, glass containers and anything else that can than hold water.

Those involved in the sweep are meeting Thursday morning at the soccer field in Tamarindo. Participating businesses include hotels Cala Luna, Esplendor, Barceló, Best Western Vista Villas and Capitán Suizo, Canopy Monkey Jungle and the restaurants Patagonia, Pangas and Witches Rock, said the spokesman.

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