Health ministry statistics show country is holding the line on zika

Cases of reported zika infections continue to rise, but the numbers are nowhere near those of chikungunya or dengue. The statistics show that extensive prevention efforts are working.

Garabito still leads with 118 cases, according to this week’s report from the Ministerio de Salud. Quepos has 32, Orotina, 25, Santa Cruz on the Pacific coast, 14, and the Municipalidad de Puntarenas also with 14.

With fewer cases are Parrita with 12, Carrillo with 11 and Nicoya with 10.

Limón on the Caribbean has nine with new cases reported this week. The ministry said that 25 cantons also have cases in the single digits

The Ministerio de Salud said that there are 295 confirmed cases in Costa Rica. There also are 17 cases believed imported from elsewhere.

The ministry said that 15 pregnant women have zika but there are no signs of complications. Three actually have given birth already. The others range in length of pregnancy from seven to 31 weeks.

Garabito and Jacó also lead the list with chikungunya and the region has seen 606 cases this year. In all, the health ministry has reports of 1,696 cases of this disease, which also is carried by mosquitoes.

Atenas leads the list in the number of cases of dengue. The canton has had 2,455, according to the ministry. Quepos has seen 2,287. Parrita has had 2,161,and Osa has had 1,264.

Other Pacific coast communities are in the triple digits.

The Dirección Vigilancia de la Salud of the Ministerio de Salud keeps close track of reported cases and issues a summary each week.

Meanwhile, in Tamarindo the Cámara de Comercio y Turismo said it plans a second cleanup day Aug. 24 to eliminate places where mosquitoes breed.

The first cleanup netted 1.3 tons of trash, it said.

In Garabito where Jacó is located a public-private partnership formed quickly when the first zika cases were reported.

The action appears to have saved the World Surfing Games that are scheduled to begin there next week.

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