Published On: Wed, Oct 30th, 2013

Costa Rica records first dengue death in three years

Just two weeks after reporting that despite recording more than 41,000 dengue fever cases in 2013, Costa Rica had yet to report a dengue associated fatality, until this week.


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The Costa Rica News reports the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica confirmed the death of a woman due to dengue. This is the first such case since 2010.

The report notes that The director of the Ministry of Health Surveillance, Mary Ethel Trejos, told the press that the victim is a woman who lived in the province of Guanacaste (North Pacific), which one of the highest incidence of dengue.

Costa Rican health officials say the new dengue tally now stands at  43,825, up by more than 2,300 cases since the last numbers released on October 11.

The previous record of dengue fever in Costa Rica was 37,798 cases reported during the twelve months of 2005.

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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