Zika virus in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 4.5 million.
Health officials in Costa Rica have confirmed two cases of Zika virus in the country. In both the cases, the patients got the virus traveling outside the country, one from Colombia and one from Honduras. Meanwhile, as a preventive measure, the Ministry of Health and Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is mobilizing throughout the country to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and detect, on time, possible cases of the new disease.
As of 18 February 2016, only two cases of Zika virus were confirmed in Costa Rica, both contracted outside the country. The Ministry of Health said that so far there is no evidence of the virus circulating in the country.