Costa Rica reports a record number of dengue cases this year, no deaths reported
The Central American country said in the number of dengue fever cases recorded during the past 12 months is a record since the mosquito borne virus has been reported there 20 years ago, according to a Costa Rica News report Friday.
According to the report, the 41,510 cases accumulate since last October is the highest in the country for one year only, which surpassed the previous record of 37,798 registered during the twelve months of 2005.
Despite record numbers of dengue cases during the past year, including over 100 cases of the more severe dengue hemorrhagic fever, Costa Rican health officials say no deaths were reported.
Of the more than 41,000 cases reported during the year, only 12 percent (5,219 ) of patients required hospitalization for at least three days for their illness.
During the 20 years the country has experienced dengue, the country has recorded 22 fatalities, the last time in 2010.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects between 50 and 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever and muscle and joint aches.
According to the World Health Organization, Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever are present in urban and suburban areas in the Americas, South-East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific and dengue fever is present mainly in rural areas in Africa.
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