Tourists fly into Costa Rica as country steps up surveillance of Zika virus


Costa Rica has stepped up preventative measures against the Zika virus at ports of entry into the country after the Central American nation registered its first case this week.

Costa Rica has deployed health officials to the country’s international airport to spot any passengers that might have any symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus. Signage will reportedly be put up advising people of preventative measures.

But American tourist, Charlie Dicks, told Reuters he saw no advisory notices on the virus.

“No I haven’t heard anything about it when we got here, at least anything that I can remember them telling me. When I arrived to the country I didn’t receive any information and this is the first I’ve heard about it,” he said.

U.S. health officials have reported that a Minnesota woman who travelled in Honduras has tested positive with Zika.

The World Health Organisation has reported that the virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects, could infect as many 4 million people in the Americas.

U.S. citizen, Stewart Pannelones, believes the virus will hit southern parts of the United States.

“It’s going to be in the southern part of the United States for sure. I mean it’s in Central America and South America now and it’s only a matter of time,” he said.

The virus is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female Aedes mosquitoes, the same type of mosquito that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Efforts to control the spread of the virus include eliminating mosquito breeding sites and taking precautions against mosquito bites such as using insect repellent and mosquito nets.

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