Costa Rica: Tourist becomes ill with Malaria in Costa Rica, authorities believe contracted in Peru

Posted on December 3, 2013 • Filed under: Costa Rica, Peru, Travel Health reported that the sixth recorded case of malaria in Costa Rica this year, but authorities believe the patient acquired the disease while on a trip to Peru. An investigation into the case has determined that the patient contracted the disease in Peru, according to Director of Health Surveillance, Mary Ethel Trejos. According to Trejos, the patient had spent two weeks in Peru, followed by seven days in Panama, prior to arriving in Costa Rica. Trejos explained that health authorities were able to determine that the disease was contracted while the patient was in Peru because of the incubation period of the parasite that causes the disease. Read Article

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