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Costa Rica boosts campaign against dengue fever

San José, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Environment and Energy joined regional offices of the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) to support the work of health authorities in the fight against dengue, a disease on the rise today in Costa Rica.

In all regional and sub-regional offices of SINAC, work is being carried out such as cleaning pipes and canoes, discarding bottles, tires and containers that can accumulate water, to eliminate possible breeding places of the mosquito that transmits this disease, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The Minister of Environment and Energy, Franz Tattenbach, explained that in order to combat dengue at national level and given the alarming data revealed by the Ministry of Health, MINAE has already initiated extreme measures to combat the expansion of the transmitting vector, in the offices of the institution.

The Minister emphasized that our officials have been asked to support schools, local governments and local organized groups in the fight against this disease.

In addition, a campaign was developed in social media to carry the message to the different publics of the Institution and to generate awareness in the population, by exemplifying some of the actions that can eliminate the possible breeding places of the mosquito that transmits dengue.

According to data from the Pan American Health Organization, nearly 500 million people in the Americas are currently at risk of contracting dengue.

The number of dengue cases in the Americas has increased over the last four decades, from 1,5 million cumulative cases in the 1980s to 16,2 million in the 2010-2019 decade.


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