Managua. AFP. nov.2013
A 17- year-old died in Nicaragua because of the dengue epidemic. There are already 20 dead, and most cases are children and adolescents. There are already 6,863 infected, of which 37 are heavy , including a pregnant woman , the spokeswoman said the government Rosario Murillo.
The victim, Daisy Escoto Urbina, died in a public hospital in the capital , after 8 days with high fever , heart and lung complications , Murillo said.
“Unfortunately we lost against dengue fever” and pneumonia due to the disease, said the wife of President Daniel Ortega, who is at the forefront of the campaign against the epidemic.
The dengue virus is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti
“We will continue this fight (dengue) with all our strength,” Murillo said, since most Nicaraguans common disease transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. These mosquitoes multiply in races and in standing water.
Nicaragua recognizes so far this year , 6,863 confirmed cases of dengue, of which 18 died and 1,650 are hospitalized , 37 of them in serious condition , according to a second report in the afternoon.
Among the five critically ill patient is a pregnant woman in the city Juigalpa (to the east ) and two in the city of Rivas ( in the south) , Murillo said, and further that this week more than 1,000 new cases and three deaths have been recorded in Nicaragua .
Activities of the Ministry of Health
Officials of the Ministry of Health say that in November, when the rainy season ends, we almost always have ” the highest curve ” on dengue incidence . Health Brigades spray against mosquito throughout the country.
So far, 865,000 houses were sprayed, and were cast 1.4 million containers and 2.3 million lethal mosquito breeding sites were removed, the report said.
Costa Rica had a few months ago, many dengue cases. As of 9 November, Health recorded 46,779 patients, the largest amount since 2005.
But now the situation has greatly improved.
In Guanacaste the summer has come and the dengue cases go down. It’s time to make a vacation in the tropics paradise.
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Dengue virus in children
More than 5,300 children (which represents 20 % of the total number of patients)
infected so far in 2013 in Costa Rica with the dengue virus – most are 10-14 years old. Even at the present time which is more than in the entire previous year.
Up to now, 41,510 people this year with the virus of the mosquito ” Aedes aegypti ” infected, this is the worst dengue epidemic , since it is the are dengue fever in Costa Rica. (On 21 September),
Children are more susceptible to complications of the disease . The ones most are concerned , are 10 to 14 years young (1,781 patients). Then come the little ones 0-4 years , followed by children 5-9 years, said Jose Luis Garces , Health Surveillance , Ministry of Health.
Other infections are expected
Health officials expect the upcoming rainfall in the current rainy season an even further increase .
The average number of Dengue fever patients this year is 10 to 15 children per day and leads to two or three weeks in the hospital .
Children are particularly vulnerable by Maria Luisa Avila , director of infectious station of ” Hospital Nacional de Niños ” there are three worrisome features in children and dengue : ”Many mothers who have the virus during pregnancy can Antibodies can pass on to their children after birth and severe Dengue develop . ” The second concern is that dengue is innate, because the mother has been infected with the virus during pregnancy.
The third , though smaller , is that the child via breast milk infects .
Alarmingly high number of unreported
The real number of dengue patients in children is lower than in Adults. For every ill , registered child between four and five infected are added – for the adults, there are ten per hundred.
But 90 % of the normal running case are harmless and most patients are fit again after a few days .
The authorities also report fewer dengue cases.
In the first week of October, 1,068 new patients were reported. In the second Week of August , there were 2,354 new patients.
So, no reason not to travel to this beautiful country .
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Fevers, headaches, rashes: This spreads in Central America „Bone breaker fever “far –Latin America faces the most serious Dengue epidemic of his history. The case numbers have worldwide himself increased thirty times from 1960 to 2010. It is guessed urgently to protect itself from the gnats which transfer the virus.
Costa Rica, for example:
Dengue fever – the name alone sounds like a long journey. The fever is transmitted by the bite of the tiger mosquito that is infected with one of four types of dengue viruses. Over 30 000 registered patients are already suffering this year at the infectious disease every week about 2,000 new infections happen. And for all registered patients ten unregistered can be added. The health department calculated ten unregistrierte patients per 100 patients. The numbers of patients are now twice as high as at the same time in 2005, then 14,879 cases were reported. Only in 2007 surpasses the previous values, but the development indicates the most severe outbreak of dengue fever. In San Jose over 1000 cases were registered, Guanacaste is also greatly affected.
The dengue mosquito loves warm areas
Climate change may be responsible for the epidemic spread, for wherever it is warmer, the dengue mosquito “Aedes aegypti” can transmit the virus for a longer period, it needs clean stagnant water to reproduce. Especially in the rainy season, the most cases were registered – Costa Rica offers these optimal conditions abound. In addition, the mosquito comes more and more into the cities, like it’s happening in San Jose. The mosquitoes are active during the day, especially at dawn and dusk.
Ministry of Health develops emergency plans
Jorge Huarache, Health Officer of the International Federation of the Red Cross, says that they’re trying to prevent a major health emergency. The Ministry of Health will start to develop an emergency plan to stop the spread of the virus.
Incubation period of 2-7 days, after flu-like symptoms with sudden onset, such as
• Joint pain
• Body aches
• Slow pulse
After 4 to 5 days of illness rashes can occur.
After the symptoms subside, the disease comes back after a few days and is
present for further 1-15 days.
Costa Rica reports numbers dropping down now
and one shouldn’t become now afraid to travel to Costa Rica. Only in approximately 2–The illness takes 4% of the cases a heavy course. But mosquito protection is recommended.
Nice interesting country to travel
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From the Costa Rica Hotellodge Paraiso del Cocodrilo we have already undertaken several times an excursion by a boat and have observed these interesting animals on the sea in free nature. Now became reported on the US-Atlantic coast since beginning of June over and over again hundreds of dead dolphins are washed ashore.
Animal welfarist and US-environmental authority in worry
Hundreds of dolphins die with a mysterious frequency currently on the shores of New Jersey to Virginia. In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered more than 80 dead animals since the beginning of July, so there are about 120 stranded dolphins.
Infection of animals is the most likely option
Since the dolphins are stranded emaciated and with lung injury, researchers suspect an infection of the stranded animals. But there is no evidence that a possible disease of the animals could be dangerous for humans. But they should keep any distance from the moribund and dead animals.
Even now, three times more dead dolphins as usual in one year
Normally about 100 dolphins are stranded an the east coast are counted per year, but already in August, the number is about 300 dead animals. “All age groups are affected and sometimes even washed up dead animals, but mostly dead, some of them already badly decomposed,” said the for the protection of the oceans esponsibile NOAA.
Exercise and relaxation on holiday, for a longer life
Several studies have shown that even slight movement leads to a healthier and therefore longer life and you can defeat many problems with conscious relaxation. A vacation in Costa Rica on the beach offers the perfect way to achieve both.
Many people know the feeling rather to sit down comfortably with a glass of wine and a bag of chips on the sofa and watch a movie than to go outside to jog or even to take a walk. Or even to realize a relaxing holiday, for example, in a quiet seaside hotel in Costa Rica. However, the inertia makes you passive and not only leads to obesity and back problems in the long term but can also shorten life. Researchers have found out that even a quarter of an hour of exercise a day can reduce the risk of premature death by 14! So you do not even have to do exercise regularly, a walk, a little work in the garden or playing with the children already is sufficient to increase life expectancy significantly. That should get even the biggest slackers off the couch!
Relaxation for a pain-free life
Furthermore, scientists have found that many health problems, ranging from back problems to heart and circulatory disorders, may be reduced by targeted relaxation. This includes methods such as progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and mindfulness exercises. In these exercises, the patient regains control of his body and can thus break the vicious cycle of pain.
However, those who feel silly doing yoga or similar relaxation practices (especially men seem not to be able to do it), can also seek their individual way to relax. For some, it helps just to close your eyes and listen to music. Others relax while jogging in the park, which again closes the circle to the benefits of movement.
Vacationing in Costa Rica
A perfect way to simultaneously provide movement for the body and relaxation of the soul is a holiday in the nature paradise of Costa Rica. There you have a variety of options, from quiet walks on the beach, swimming and surfing in the sea to extreme sports like Canopying, to move or let of steam. At the same time you can also sunbathe on gorgeous beaches or unwind in hammocks and enjoy doing nothing. But beware: many travelers often find it difficult to really relax because they feel the need to see everything that is possible and they are therefore always on the move, even in their holiday.
Our tip: everything in moderation! Enjoy one day, or several, on which you do absolutely nothing, this way you will enjoy the next trip even more! By this means you will come back into everyday life safely rested and relaxed and are likely to live longer.
Relax at the Hotel lodge Costa Rica beach and enjoy your adventures
In the northwest of Costa Rica, on the Nicoya Peninsula, the Barra Honda National Park is situated. This park was opened in 1974 to preserve one of the largest cave systems in Costa Rica.
A few days ago I once again had the opportunity to accompany hotel guests on their trip. This time it we went to the Barra Honda National Park, about 1 ½ hours from Samara, where we went on an adventurous climb.
On the way to the National Park
But first things first. First, we set off after breakfast and started the drive to the National Park. As always you could watch the daily life of the Ticos, sitting in front of their houses, working on the fields or on their way to work. When we arrived in the National Park, our guide already was waiting for us and greeted us warmly and even could speak some chunks of German. He provided us with helmets and then, after we drove a little further by car, the hike started.
Hike through the dry forest
On our way through the dry rain forest (does sound weird, I know), the guide showed us several interesting plants and fruits or pointed us to animals, such as iguanas, lizards, giant toads and an animal, which I unfortunately could not identify until today, in the bushes. This way we learned that sometimes a whole palm is felled to win palm wine from the tribe, that you can use the resin of trees also for bonding of paper ,that you can use the many seeds and kernels easily to tinker jewelry and many other interesting details.
The destination: the cave
We wandered over hill and dale about 1 ½ hours until we finally reached our destination: the cave. After an uneasy glance to the entrance of the cave, which consisted of a hole about 20 m depth and an aluminum ladder, I was quite glad when the guide gave us security belts and another employee of the National Park steadily held a rope, fastened to a tree, in his hands.
Down into the depths
After the German couple, with whom I was traveling, had arrived safely on the ground of the cave, it was finally my turn. I held the side of the ladder, which was slippery and slowly made my way down into the cave. At the bottom we turned on our lights mounted on the helmet and ventured further into the darkness. I have been several times in caves all over the world, but I never came so near to the stalactites and stalagmites! No boundaries or signs that indicate that one is not allowed to touch anything to be seen, on the contrary, as the “way” was so slippery and difficult, we even had to hold on to the stalagmites. And on we went, and once more down, before we ventured into the cave. The different formations of stalagmites and stalactites, which all have interesting or funny names like “turtle”, “papaya” or “Virgin Mary”, are really impressive.
Also a highlight was the moment when the leader instructed us to sit down and turn off all the cameras and lights. You rarely can experience such an absolute darkness and during the few minutes, which felt a lot longer, you could relax or listen to your own thoughts. In addition, however, you could hear the bats that fluttered in the cave and theirs sounds for orientation.
Then it was time to go back to the exit and this time we had to climb up the ladder, which demands a lot of strength a. Back in the daylight, after a short break to catch our breath and drink some water, we started our way back. On the way we made a small detour to a lookout point from where you could get a beautiful view of the countryside. Just before we arrived the parking lot, we got into heavy rain, so we ended up soaked, but happy in our car.
What a nice trip!
A short time ago I was allowed to be on a trip, which was organized for the guests of our hotel Paraiso del Cocodrilo. We went to a crocodile tour in the Palo Verde National Park in Guanacaste. This national park is part of the conservation area Tempique, includes 45.492 acres and is focused on the preservation and protection of vital wetlands, marshes, limestone cliffs and seasonal pools of the advance of civilization that has endangered the ecology of the area.
The early bird catches the worm
Early in the morning we set off with our guests, so we could be on the River Tempisque at low tide. The 138 km long river flows from the Guanacaste Cordillera to the Palo Verde National Park and then merges into the Gulf of Nicoya. After about 2 hours we arrive and are greeted by our local boat guide and escorted to the boat.
Here we go
Then we are starting already. Just the sight of the mighty river with its muddy brown water and the mangroves on the banks is worth the trip. But of course we want to see the animals, that are the reason why we came here: the crocodiles. Rainer tells us that the odds are very good because the Río Tempisque has a very high population density of crocodiles. (On a square kilometer live 200 crocodiles, more is impossible, because otherwise the animals would eat themselves.) So we are in good spirits and enjoy the ride on the river with the slight wind, which makes the ride even more enjoyable. On our Left and our right, we already see many birds, such as the tiger heron, herons, river terns and many more.
The first crocodile and a giant iguana
Suddenly the boat operator calls us to something, and yes, we already see the first crocodile nose above the water. But just as quickly as it appeared, it is gone. But a few meters further we see a giant iguana on the shores edge, which looks very impressive with its bright colors and crest. So of course we take out our cameras and take pictures. The journey continues. And then we can already see the next crocodile, this time a slightly smaller, sunbathing on the shore. And also in the water we discover, with our now already more experienced eyes, another crocodile.
Crocodiles so close that we can almost touch them
Continuing the ride, all of the sudden a large crocodile appears right next to our boat. After the initial shock is over, I try to take as many pictures as possible before it submerges again. The experienced boat guide discovers another crocodile, which is well hidden in the mangroves. He steers the boat all the way to the shore, so that one has the feeling of being able to touch the crocodile. He waits patiently until we have shot enough photos shot and then the ride continues.
Exotic birds and capuchin monkeys
For a change, we observe some exotic birds and the driver makes us attentive to some capuchin monkeys that are relaxing in a tree. We can only grin, because there are enough monkeys at our hotel as well. And so it continues, we enjoy the journey with the beautiful view and the interesting wildlife around us. After about an hour we make our way back and meet the first and only other boat on the otherwise peaceful and deserted river, which comes from the other direction. Soon after that we arrive at the moorings and can only say that the trip was worth it for sure!