Dengue fever cases increase in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has experienced more than 8,480 cases of dengue fever so far this year, representing an increase of 36 percent compared to 2011.

The country's health ministry said that there have been 2,230 more cases of the disease than there were last year. Nine cases involved the more dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever. Fifty percent of cases occurred in the Atlantic region, with the canton of Pococi experiencing 2,804 cases, Inside Costa Rica reports.

Other cities impacted by the disease include Talamanca with 366 cases, Guacimo with 354, Matina with 259, Limon with 227 and Siquirres with 157.

The second most impacted region is the Central Pacific region with 1,846 cases. The areas of Barranca, Puntatarenas, Esparza, Orotino and Montes de Oro represented 91 percent of the total cases of dengue in the region, according to Inside Costa Rica.

One health official said that the rise in the number of cases is the result of people losing their fear of dengue, resulting in a lack of precautionary measures to prevent mosquito breeding grounds.

Dengue fever symptoms include nausea, vomiting, joint and eye pain, back and muscular pain, high fever, severe headaches and a rash three to four days after the start of the fever.