Five more cases of zika disease have been confirmed in Jacó in the last 36 hours, according to the latest report of Ministerio de Salud.
Tuesday 11 people tested positive for the virus and were all placed under medical surveillance. The other five were confirmed Wewdnesday morning, according to Garabito Mayor Tobías Murillo.
Murillo said the outbreak has taken everyone by surprise and blamed it on the lack of education about the disease. He also blamed the apathy of some neighbors who do not want to get rid of debris, old tires and other objects that may contain water and be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
“I also think that health inspectors have played a rather reactive than preventive role in the town. They are showing off now but were a lot less present in the weeks before. I think the prevention in coastal areas should be more aggressive.” he said.
As rainy season settles in, a peak of mosquito transmitted diseases is affecting the coasts of the country. Last week, Dominical residents, in the pacific shore, reported at least 20 cases of Dengue in their community. According to the Alberto de León, the mayor of Osa, that outbreak has already been addressed.