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Costa Rica health officials report a marked decrease in malaria cases in the cantons of Limón and Pococí in recent weeks.

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In the canton of Limón during week 15, 19 cases were reported, while for week 16, five cases were registered and for week 17, three cases were reported, evidence of a significant decrease.

Likewise in Pococí, for week 15, 20 cases were registered, for week 16 eight cases are reported and for week 17 six cases are registered.

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In recent weeks, the containment actions established by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund have been maintained, such as exhaustive tracking of all people who have been in contact with confirmed cases, delivery of prophylactic treatment in different localities to cohabiting patients positive for the disease and follow-up control of thick blood smears to determine the efficacy of medical treatment and thus detect possible relapses.

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The Ministry of Health urges affected communities in the region to use repellent, pants, long sleeves, and mosquito nets.

In the same way, it calls on the population 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.

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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 the 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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