Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Costa Rica may require visitors to vaccinate against yellow fever

The local channel 7 television news Telenoticias reports that the Health Ministry is considering requiring foreigners visiting Costa Rica to be vaccinated against "yellow fever".

Health officials say they will make a decision in a couple of months while they study the situation. The risk is high for the illness to be introduced in Costa Rica. Health officials saythat the reason for that is that the same mosquito that spreads Dengue can carry yellow fever.

Countries like Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela top the list of countries with known cases of yellow fever.

Yellow Fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease. The illness can range from flu-like syndrome to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever.

Once the Health Ministry makes the decision, it will then require a decree by the Executive Branch (the presidency) of the government to be approved.

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