Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Costa Rica leads Central America in dengue cases, while cases worldwide surge

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Costa Rica leads Central America in dengue cases, while cases worldwide surge

    Source: http://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/N...y-July-16-2013


    Costa Rica leads Central America in dengue cases, while cases worldwide surge
    Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - By Corey Kane

    Costa Rica is outpacing past dengue rates as well as its Central American neighbors, while worldwide, case numbers are exploding.

    The latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show Costa Rica with 11,672 reported cases of dengue so far this year, which is not updated to the latest bulletin from the Costa Rican government, which reports 14,929 cases.

    However, the WHO numbers from early July provide a useful comparison point for how other countries are faring in a worldwide epidemic.

    El Salvador reported 9,696 cases of dengue this year, followed by Nicaragua, which reported 8,967 cases. Honduras has had 8,380 cases, Guatemala 3,046, Panama 278 and Belize has yet to report a single case of dengue in 2013.

    Costa Rican media have reported on their country’s substantial lead in dengue, such as a Tuesday story by crhoy.com that states that Costa Rica has an even larger lead than first reported. The online newspaper reported some 14,900 cases for Costa Rica compared to only 1,660 for Nicaragua, its northern neighbor. The discrepancy in numbers arose from some health ministries reporting both “confirmed” and “suspected” dengue cases. Costa Rica did not provide separate numbers.

    Even using the WHO numbers, Costa Rica’s incidence rate far outpaces the rest of Central America. Costa Rica reported nearly 256 cases per 100,000 people. In second place was Nicaragua at 172 cases per 100,000...
Working...
X