The Costa Rican Health authorities announced on Thursday that they have activated the respective protocols before an imported suspected amount of measles in a French tourist child.
The Ministry of Health reported that the case is a French 5-year-old boy who entered Costa Rica as a tourist on February 18 next to his parents, and had not been vaccinated against measles. The minor is being attended at Monsignor Sanabria Hospital in the province of Puntarenas (Pacific), where "it is kept in strict insulation measures," the Ministry of Health explained in a statement.
Doctors also took the necessary sample that will be analyzed by the Costa Rican Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (Inciensa) Institute that will be responsible for determining in the next hours if it is measles.
The Ministry of Health indicated that as part of the protocol, the search for contacts that the French child in Costa Rica could have had in order to assess the susceptibility and need for other people's vaccination. Costa Rica also contacted the authorities of France to follow up the possible contacts that the child had in that country and to immunize them as necessary.
The Ministry of Health said Costa Rica had "very good vaccination coverage in general," but called on the parents to attend the extraordinary vaccination campaign against measles since last year's last year. of children under 15 months and 10 years of age.
The measles is transmitted by saliva drops, mainly by cough and sneezing to those individuals who have not received immunization. Costa Rica's health authorities acquired 770,000 doses of measles against the measles last year, which involved an investment of 1.2 million dollars for the extraordinary campaign.
The decision to carry out this vaccination against measles, took it to the National Vaccine Commission, before the active circulation of measles virus in various countries of the world. The last time the institution conducted a campaign of this type was in 2011 and coverage was 93 percent.
Costa Rica does not present native measles cases since 2006 and the last imported case was in 2014.