Mosquito-borne illnesses or diseases are caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. Unfortunately, mosquito-borne illnesses are found anywhere in the world that mosquitoes are (including the United States). With a few easily implemented steps, you can significantly decrease the odds of contracting a mosquito-borne illness during your visit to Costa Rica.
Common methods of prevention include:
Dengue fever, Chikungunya and Zika virus (one confirmed case of Zika as of February 1, 2016) are present in Costa Rica, but can easily be combatted by following the methods of prevention outlined above. Seek medical attention if you develop any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention; fever, joint or muscle pain, rash, pain behind your eyes, unusual bleeding of the nose or gums, or easy bruising.
We encourage you to read this insightful article, “Scientific Perspective on Zika Virus”, authored by Ray Krueger-Koplin PhD.
You can also take comfort from the fact that the Costa Rican government has and will continue to perform mass mosquito fumigations in high risk areas. They are coordinating public clean ups and providing ample public awareness information. Costa Rica is also planning to combat the mosquitoes that carry the disease with a bacterium that is known to kill the pests, but has no effect on humans. For these and many other reasons, Costa Rica experiences far less mosquito-borne illnesses than other Central American countries.
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