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Risk of Dengue Fever?

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Risk of Dengue Fever?

My husband and I want to travel to Playa Grande this May (mid-month). We were reading about the risks of Dengue Fever in Costa Rica, and it concerned us greatly! Can anyone let us know just how real of a risk it is that time of year, and possibly what we need to do to avoid it? We know to bring insect repellent and wear it faithfully, but I am especially concerned as mosquitos LOVE me (I tend to get eaten alive) and as it is I got West Nile Virus from mosquitos when we traveled to Mexico. It was a mild case, but Dengue Fever scares me a lot more!

Thanks in advance for the help/tips!

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1. Re: Risk of Dengue Fever?

Just so you know Dengue Fever is not limited to Costa Rica. between 1977 and 2004 there are nearly 4000 cases of Dengue in Miami alone. It's pretty common throughout the Gulf coast states.

I've been to CR 4 times and have never worried about it. Just use mosquito repellent with DEET and you will statistically be fine

San Jose, Costa Rica
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I second the prior post 100%...I drive around Costa Rica in a daily basis...Caribbean, Pacific, Osa, Drake, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Cano Negro, Pacuare.etc, etc.

Most of my friends and family are here in Costa Rica...I only know one person that had the bad experience with DENGUE...and that was a cousin that drives a huge truck getting bananas in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica!

Another thing mosquitos ADORE me...so far so good thanks God!

Sincerely yours from PARADISE!


Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in PARADISE!

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I'm at the Caribbean often, is a tropical rain forest in all the years that I been going there, I have never heard of anyone that I know getting Dengue. Deet is your friend!

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We have Dengue here in Hawai'i. You'll find it everywhere in the tropics. Sometimes we have a more serious "outbreak" and we have to be more careful about wearing repellent. It's really no big deal. Even if you did get it, it wouldn't be life-threatening. It's like a really bad flu.

Pura Vida.

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5. Re: Risk of Dengue Fever?

Dengue is a big deal in the tropics.

Outbreaks tend to be in the fall

But can occur anytime

www.mdtravelhealth.com Correct info from Travel MD

There was an epidemic last august september in Quepos Parrita.Hundreds of people including a

few tourists got Dengue.

May is a good time and Playa Grande is a good area.

So just do insect repellant A/C room long clothing

in jungly areas you should be fine...

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Can be life threatening and does Kill...

Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. CLINICAL FEATURES. Sudden onset of fever, severe ... produces shock and hemorrhage, leading to death; ETIOLOGIC AGENT. Dengue ...


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7. Re: Risk of Dengue Fever?

Dengue is much more common once rainy season is in full swing and the mosquitoes have had time to breed. Mid May is just the beginning or rainy season. You should wear repellent from dusk till about 8PM at night as that is when mosquitoes are most active.

I've lived in CR for 6 years and never gotten it and I never where repellent.

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