According to data from the Health Surveillance Directorate of the Ministry of Health, as of April 13 of this year, a total of 105 positive cases of malaria have been identified in the Huerta Caribe region, being the canton Pococí was the most affected in the areas of Ticabán, El Jardín, Las brisas and El rótulo, followed by the canton of Limón directly in Moín, Villa del Mar, Limón 2000 and the miles sector.
The majority of people detected with this condition are registered in the epidemiological weeks 13, 14 and 15, which cover from April 02 to 11, 2023. Regarding the age groups with the greatest affectation, people from 20 to 24, 30 are identified. to 34 and 35 to 39 years.
As part of the containment actions established by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, since the first detected case, a series of preventive and control measures have been implemented to prevent the disease from spreading and protect the health of our population
It is important to indicate that, during the second day of work, actions are being carried out in Moín up to the Villa del Mar sector.
Among the actions carried out, exhaustive tracking is being carried out on all the people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases, to detect possible new infections and provide them with timely medical attention, as well as delivery of prophylactic treatment in different locations to patients positive for the cohabiting disease, to prevent the disease from spreading and becoming an epidemic, control follow-up of thick smears to determine the efficacy of medical treatment and detect possible relapses.
Likewise, training has been given to the population so that they learn to recognize the symptoms of malaria and quickly go to a CCSS health center in case of presenting any of them.
The Ministry of Health makes a vehement call to the population of Limón and those who visited this province during Holy Week, to go to the CCSS health establishments in case of presenting symptoms such as: intermittent fever, chills, abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, headache, rapid breathing, fast heart rate, cough, and muscle pain.
Likewise, it is urged to facilitate the entry of duly identified officials from the Ministry of Health and the CCSS, who carry out sweeping house-to-house visits to detect people with symptoms, take samples for rapid tests, supply medicines prophylactically, deliver awnings and fumigation in the Caribbean sector.
The Ministry of Health is committed to the health and well-being of our population, and we will continue working in a coordinated and articulated manner to prevent the spread of malaria and protect the health of all.
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