Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dengue fever reduced in Costa Rica

(Photo: AFP/File/Orlando Sierra)Costa Rica showed a reduction on the index of dengue fever affected people Wednesday, according to the last record by the Costa Rica Public Health Ministry.

The document showed that until March 15, the number of cases was down 65 percent, which means that 2,426 less people were infected with the disease. On March 15, 2007, the total number of affected people was of 3,707.

The Public Health Ministry said hemorrhagic dengue fever, which may be mortal, has affected 13 people in Costa Rica this year. Individuals 25 to 29 years old were the most affected by the disease.

More than 50 percent of the affected people with hemorrhagic dengue fever are women.

The dengue fever, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, affected 27,000 people in this country last year. The disease killed eight patients in 2007, four of them children.

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