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  • Costa Rica: 2020 Naegleria fowleri cases

    Source: https://ticotimes.net/2020/02/15/sec...an-hot-springs

    Second person this year contracts amebic meningitis after visiting Costa Rican hot springs
    Alejandro Z˙˝iga
    February 15, 2020

    A 4-year-old has been hospitalized after contracting amebic meningitis, a potentially deadly infection caused by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, in the second such case reported in Costa Rica this year.

    The Health Ministry suspects the young girl contracted the rare infection after visiting hot springs in Alajuela province. She is responding well to treatments, according to authorities.

    In response to the incident, the Health Ministry is banning slides or trampolines that discharge into natural hot springs. It is also requiring businesses to post warning labels about the dangers of the Naegleria fowleri microscopic amoeba and advising patrons to maintain their heads above water.

    In the first case of amebic meningitis in Costa Rica this year, reported last month, a 15-year-old died after contracting the infection at a Bagaces hot spring...
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