Friday, January 29, 2016

Zika virus in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is currently Zika free and you can see more on the Center for Disease Control Website here:

However, the first case of Zika has just been confirmed in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has excellent health care and public health control measures, which include mosquito control measures country wide.

However, being surrounded by countries which have Zika it is going to be very difficult to keep the virus at bay. Health experts predict that Zika may spread as far North as Canada, but the mosquitoes will be killed off and limited by cold Winter weather.

Zika is spread by mosquitoes and usually causes symptoms which are less severe than those from similar mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue or chikungunya. But it has recently sparked alarm over the risks of birth defects for infected pregnant women and their babies.

Costa Rica Health Ministry officials on Wednesday announced new steps to boost surveillance at all entry points into the country. These measures include appointing health officials to monitor around the clock all entry points by land, air and sea in order to detect travellers who might have symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus.

You can read more about this in the coverage in the Tico Times here 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ajuste Perfecto to launch in 2016

 Ajuste Perfecto
Ajuste Perfecto, Costa Rica's first full service MLS (Multiple Listing Service for Real Estate) will launch in the first quarter of 2016.

You can read more and register for priority updates here