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As advised by the USA CDC, Dengue is a risk in from Mexico to South America and Costa Rica is not the exception, however thanks to the strong health system of Costa Rica, the disease is controlled year after year causing very little affection indifferently for locals and for travelers, tropical diseases that in many countries are serious problems, in Costa Rica are totally controlled.

It is rare that a traveler get Dengue, but is it is a possibility, especially when you travel to lowland or flooded areas, although the possibilities to observe beautiful wildlife in these areas are great, you may want to take into consideration what the CDC recommends:

Use Insect Repellent

Use EPA-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone.

How to Apply Insect Repellent:

Application Instructions for Children


Treat clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents) with 0.5% permethrin (an insecticide). You can buy pre-treated clothes or treat your own clothes. If treating items yourself, follow instructions carefully. Do NOT use permethrin directly on skin.

Cover Exposed Skin:

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Some bugs, such as tsetse flies, can bite through thin fabric.

Avoid Bugs Where You Are Staying:

Choose hotel rooms or other accommodations that are air-conditioned or have window and door screens with no holes, so bugs can’t get inside.

(Tortuga Lodge offers wall to wall screened windows, as long as you don’t leave the door open, bugs would not enter in your room)

Costa Rica offers one of the highest health systems. Statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) frequently place Costa Rica in the top country rankings in the world for long life expectancy. WHO's 2000 survey ranked Costa Rica as having the 36th best health care system, placing it one spot above the United States at the time.

The public and private facilities and services are always being upgraded, for example the country has three JCI certified medical centers in the nation’s capital, San José. This is the highest global designation awarded in the healthcare industry.

If you have more concerns about Dengue, please don’t hesitate to let us know.