Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Costa Rica reports significant fall in dengue fever cases

The Aedes Aegypti mosquitoSan Jose, Costa Rica (Xinhua News) - Costa Rica's Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that 8,033 cases of dengue fever were reported from the beginning of this year to Oct. 14, down by 75 percent from the same period of last year.

During that period, Costa Rica registered 32,056 cases of the disease. Hemorrhagic dengue fever cases also dropped to 26 from 50, compared with the same period of last year.

The year of 2005 was a particularly bad one for Costa Rica, with nearly 37,800 dengue fever cases and 52 hemorrhagic dengue fever cases reported in the whole year.

Dengue is an acute infection characterized with fever, bone and muscle pain and rashes. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the only known way of spreading the disease. The mosquito breeds in stagnant water close to human houses.

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