Costa Rica: North Zone reports 300-plus malaria cases, PAHO provides microbiologist
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Los Chiles is the canton with the highest number of cases, with 286 people testing positive and another 15 people detected by the system but residing on the Nicaraguan side.
Then follows Santa Rosa de Pocosol 11 cases, Petal 5 cases and 1 case in Gicarito de Venado, according to the regional report.
As part of efforts to combat this disease, the American Health Organization has provided the region with an exclusive microbiologist to apply tests on a large scale:
We had some limitations with heavy swab operations, and the PAHO provided us with this professional to support the network, so in addition to the local labs we have this one dedicated to strengthening malaria surveillance,” Melvin Anchia, a regional epidemiologist at CCSS explained.
Malaria or malaria is a disease caused by a parasite of the genus Plasmodium and transmitted to people through the bite of a female mosquito of the genus Anopheles.