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The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reported last week that from Jan. 1 to June 18 this year, 256 cases of malaria have been recorded.

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This is more at the same time during the past five years–2018 109 cases were reported, in 2019 a total of 140 cases, 138 cases in 2020 and 228 cases in 2021.

The three regions with the most cases at the national level are the Huetar Norte Region with 226 cases, the Huetar Caribe Region with 22 cases, and the Central Pacific Region with 8 cases.

The Ministry of Health and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund constantly carry out house-to-house visits to detect people with symptoms, take blood samples, supply medicines to suspicious people, deliver tarpaulins and fumigate areas near the home. However, it calls on the population to also take measures such as using repellent, placing mosquito nets and covering their skin.

The symptoms of this disease are: chills, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, headache, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, cough and muscle pain, it is important to visit the doctor in case of presenting these symptoms in especially if people live in or have traveled to an area where there is a high risk of malaria.

Malaria or malaria is a disease caused by a parasite of the genus Plasmodium and transmitted to people mainly by the bite of a female mosquito of the genus Anopheles and has been present in the country with endemic characteristics since the eighteenth century, reestablishing transmission in broad regions of the Caribbean slope and dispersing to other areas of the country.