If you are thinking of traveling to Costa Rica, don’t let rumors of Dengue Fever and Zika Virus scare you! The U.S. Issued Warnings for Pregnant Women Travel to 14 Latin America Countries because of the Zika scare, BUT COSTA RICA IS NOT ON THE LIST! We have not had a single case of Zika and besides it only affects the unborn children of pregnant women. In the past we have had 2 or 3 cases of Dengue Fever, but it is considered under control now with mosquito eradication. Some of you may remember that I came back from Gambia in 2002 with Dengue Fever but got over it quickly. If treated it does not kill, just miserable with high temps for awhile.
The CDC Website basically says that for Costa Rica travel you should just be up-to-date with your regular vaccines just as you would in the states. The most common diseases for tourists to get here are the sexually transmitted diseases, so simply avoid that kind of tourism! 🙂
It is interesting that our neighbor Panama is on the Zika no-travel list above and have had many more cases of dengue. And somehow North Americans think Panama is more developed than Costa Rica! Take note if considering Panama for retirement instead of Costa Rica! 🙂