By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Costa Rica Ministry of Health has reported a 280 percent drop in dengue fever cases during the first half of the year. Since the beginning of 2021, health authorities reported 1,556 cases of dengue. This compares with 4,355 dengue cases reported during the same period in 2020.

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The decrease has been attributed to several possible factors including less mobility of people due to the coronavirus pandemic, less visits to health providers and  a greater concern for maintaining cleanliness, both inside and around their home.

It’s not just dengue, but Zika and chikungunya  are practically flat with 21 and 15 cases, respectively, in the same period.