Jacó meeting to map out zika campaign

Concerned residents of Jacó are meeting this afternoon at Crocs Casino & Hotel to discuss the potential health and commercial impacts of the zika virus, according to Robert Sinclair, an expat who has become involved in the campaign.

“We will present a full plan of action aimed at keeping Jaco zika safe,” he said in an email.

Attending will be Ministerio de Salud officials and Randall Chaves, president of the Surf Federación de Surf de Costa Rica, who is expected to speak.

One of the goals of the anti-zika campaign is to make the community safe for those who will visit to watch and participate in the World Surfing Games in August. The surfing event is supposed to bring some $36 million into the local economy.

Sinclair has been mobilizing other expats in the Pacific coast community to fight the disease. At last report there were 31 active cases of zika there, mostly in some low-income residential areas of the town.

The health ministry has been fumigating and going house to house to eliminate places where the zika-carrying mosquito can breed.

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