Costa Rica

Costa Rica General Health Risks:
Malaria

Malaria is transmitted by the night-time - dusk to dawn - biting female Anopheles mosquito.

Malaria - Overview How to Protect Yourself Against Malaria World Malaria Risk Chart

Risk is absent in most of the country; risk exists only in specified areas:

Risk is present in Limón Province (Matina Canton), Heredia Province (Sarapiquí Canton), Alajuela Province (San Carlos Canton), and Puntarenas Province (Golfito and Osa Cantons).

High risk months for Malaria are: January to December

Malaria transmission vector(s): A.albimanus

Incidence of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria: 0%
Of the five species of human malaria parasites, Plasmodium falciparum is the most dangerous. The remaining percentage represents malaria infections that may be caused by one or more of the following parasites: Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malariae, and Plasmodium knowlesi.

Suppressive Medication Guide

Suppressive medication is not recommended.

Travellers going to risk areas should follow meticulous anti-mosquito bite measures from dusk to dawn during the malaria season. Download IAMAT's whitepaper How to Protect Yourself Against Malaria for details. 


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