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Costa Rica's Dengue Outbreak Exceeds 4,700 in 2024

February 24, 2024 • 5:18 pm CST
US CDC Travel Alert 2024
(Precision Vaccinations News)

While the global dengue outbreak continues in 2024, many parts of the Americas are at risk. A trendy vacation destination in Central America reports a significant surge in dengue cases this year.

According to the Costa Rica Ministry of Health, there have been 4,787 confirmed cases of dengue during the first six reporting periods of this year.

As of February 23, 2024, Costa Rica's Central North region concentrates the highest accumulated notification of dengue cases this year with 1,228 cases, followed by the Central Pacific with 832 and the Central South with 762 cases.

During 2023, there were over 24,914 dengue cases, an increase from the 7,485 dengue patients in 2022.

To alert international travelers of this mosquito-transmitted health risk, Costa Rica was included in the U.S. CDC's Level 1 - Practice Usual Precautions, dengue notice on February 09, 2024.

The Ministry of Health has called on the population to constantly clean and empty the containers in which water is stored for domestic use. Likewise, residents are urged to collaborate with our officials when they visit your homes for fumigation, presenting proper identification.

The Vector Control Program team recently carried out 16,645 fumigations in the towns of La Carpio, Pavas, and Alajuela.

As of 2024, the Dengvaxia® vaccine was sold in private pharmacies in Costa Rica. The price is around $130. 

However, the second-generation QDENGA® dengue vaccine is not offered in Costa Rica.

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