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Cases of tuberculosis increased in Costa Rica in 2022


Cases of tuberculosis increased in Costa Rica in 2022

San José, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica reported 375 cases of tuberculosis in 2022, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year (357 patients), according to data from the Ministry of Health released in this capital.

In a video distributed by that ministry, the coordinator of Tuberculosis Surveillance, Franchina Murillo, indicated that of the total number of cases last year, 256 (68%) correspond to men, a percentage similar to that of 2021, according to statistics from the Health Surveillance Directorate.

Murillo pointed out that the transmission of the bacteria that produce tuberculosis can occur from a sick person to a susceptible one through the droplets expelled when talking, sneezing and especially when coughing, especially when there are overcrowded conditions.

By provinces, she said, San José tops the list, with 114 cases, followed by Limón (98) and Alajuela (60), while the age group with the highest incidence was 20 to 64 years old, with 284 cases.

Finally, the directive emphasized that tuberculosis is a curable disease if we join efforts to detect and treat cases in time. In this way, she emphasized, we will be able to reach the goal of eliminating this disease in Costa Rica.


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