CDC has collaborated with public health institutions in Central America since the 1960s. Through these partnerships CDC has been able to address Costa Rica’s priority public health challenges from malaria to flu. CDC’s work in Costa Rica includes HIV/AIDS, the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), and the International Emerging Infections Program.
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Costa Rica at a Glance
Per capita income: $10,930
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 82/77 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 8.8/1000 live
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011
Top 10 Causes of DeathSource: GBD Compare 2010, 2010
- Cancer 20%
- Ischemic Heart Disease 16%
- Stroke 7%
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 5%
- Chronic Kidney Disease 4%
- Road Injuries 4%
- Cirrhosis 4%
- Lower Respiratory Infections 3%
- Diabetes 3%
- Interpersonal Violence 2%
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CDC Zika Updates
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.
In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
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