A French boy is accused of bringing measles to Costa Rica after the country was deemed “free” of the disease for five years.
The Independent reports the five-year-old boy and his family visited the country on February 18 and local news stated that the child and his mother were not vaccinated. The family went to visit a doctor in the country after they noticed a “rash” and said his classmates had contracted measles. Currently, the five-year-old is being treated and quarantined at the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.
Health ministry officials are looking into who came into contact with the boy during his flight, at his hotel in San Jose, and the beach village of Santa Teresa.
A statement was released in reference to the boy’s case:
Our country enjoys very good vaccination coverage in general. However, in order to avoid particular cases and their possible complications, it is important that those in charge of minors ensure that children have the complete vaccination scheme.
“The ministry of health requests that if you know of someone who has symptoms of measles (fever, nasal congestion, cough, conjunctivitis, skin rash that starts in the head and expands through the body to the feet, reaching the hips around the second day) it is vital that they notify the health authorities as soon as possible.
“The above symptoms are of particular importance for people who in the previous 20 days have been in countries with measles transmission or in contact with an eventual imported case.”
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