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Malaria in Costa Rica, CDC alert. Important to prevent insect bites

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Volcano in Costa Rica

News from September 22, 2017 from the CDC:  "What is the current situation?  The Costa Rican Ministry of Health has reported limited local transmission of malaria in Matina Canton in Limón Province, Sarapiquí Canton in Heredia Province, and Pital District in San Carlos Canton in Alajuela Province. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with malaria and spreading it to people. Other than a small outbreak at the end of 2016, this is the first local transmission of malaria in Costa Rica since 2011. Public health authorities are responding to this outbreak by enhancing malaria surveillance, making...

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Epidemics, Part II - Causes of large scale disease

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Epidemics, Part II - Causes of large scale disease

In my last blog, I asked the question: What Causes Epidemics?  Here are some answers: The host and environment are in constant interaction and diseases are caused by disturbance of equilibrium between disease agent (virus, bacterium, parasite), host and environment. The disease assumes epidemiological proportions when the environmental conditions are favorable for the disease agent and unfavorable conditions exist for man. You must have observed disasters like wars, famine, floods and earthquakes are followed by epidemics of infectious disease. Why does this happen? The following factors favor occurrence of epidemics after disasters. Temporary Population Settlements Temporary camps or settlements are hastily...

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