By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reports a significant increase in cases of dengue fever during the first half of the year, compared to last year.

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In June 2018 there were 975 cases registered, while this year we had a total of 1666 cases, which represents 70% more than the same period of the previous year.

The North Central and the Huetar Caribe zones are most affected with 801 and 392 cases, respectively.

The Ministry of Health reminds people take preventive measures to prevent the proliferation of Aedes aegypti, eliminating breeding places in their homes, lots and workplaces, while allowing officials of the governing areas perform fumigation efforts in identified areas or responding to citizen complaints.

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“We are entering the most difficult time of year, where the increase in rainfall raises our cases, so our constant call to citizens to be vigilant in eliminating breeding sites and removing those places that can be a source of proliferation of mosquitoes in their communities , “said Rodrigo Marin, Director of Surveillance Ministry of Health.