Costa Rica issues malaria health alert

The Costa Rican government issued a health, or sanitary alert Monday due to the increase in the number of imported malaria cases reported from Nicaragua, Panama, and parts of South America and Africa, according to a Nacion report (computer translated).

Year to date, Costa Rica has reported 21 cases of malaria, all of them imported.

In Costa Rica the strain Plasmodium vivax is the main one, but there have also been cases of Plasmodium falciparum, a more aggressive strain that acts faster.

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