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Costa Rica.- In 5 years Costa Rica did not present cases of measles, however, a few days ago this disease returned due to a tourist.
An unvaccinated French boy who was on vacation with his parents is believed to have brought measles to Costa Rica, a disease-free country since 2014.
The 5-year-old boy and his parents, who were not identified, arrived in Costa Rica on February 18, according to a statement from the country's Ministry of Health.
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The mother of the child, who also was not vaccinated, took the child to a private doctor when he began to show signs of a rash, Costa Rica Star reported.
The doctor did a blood test and found that the child tested positive for measles. His parents also confirmed with the child's school in France that other students had contracted the disease, the BBC said.
It is, according to the World Health Organization, a highly contagious and potentially lethal disease. And Costa Rica has not registered any cases since 2014. So far.
Currently, some people refuse to get vaccinated
The reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines threatens to reverse the progress made in combating vaccine-preventable diseases.
The reasons why people choose not to get vaccinated are complex; WHO vaccine researchers point out that the main reason is lack of confidence in vaccines. Recent outbreaks of measles in the United States and Europe have provoked outrage among parents who choose not to immunize their children. "Measles, for example, has seen a 30 percent increase in cases worldwide," WHO said in a statement. January report. "The reasons for this increase are complex, and not all of these cases are due to refusal to vaccinate, but some countries that were close to eliminating the disease have had a resurgence."
(With information from the BBC)