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Swine Flu Arrives in Costa Rica

April 29th, 2009

maskCosta Rica has confirmed two cases of Swine Flu. The infected parties are a 21 year old woman and a 29 year old man, both returned recently from trips to Mexico.  Costa Rica receives daily flights from Mexico. The woman traveled with 92 others on her flight home.  Both persons were treated at Calderon Guardia Hospital.

Incredibly, the infected woman decided to ignore health officials and broke quarantine so she could attend classes at her university.

Thirty-five others are under watch.

A third person, a youngster, has flu symptoms (not yet confirmed as Swine Flu) possible infected by her father who recently returned to Costa Rica from Mexico. If confirmed, that would be the first case of swine flu caught within the borders.

The Ministry of Health this morning asked the passengers of two other flights, TACA LR 631 and Mexicana  387, to call 911 emergency so they may be tested.

Employees at the San Jose airport are wearing surgical masks, and many incoming passengers are having their temperatures taken upon arrival.

I am not going to go into this swine flu deal because unless my readers are living on another planet, you have been deluged with probably more information that you want to know.

I am more concerned though as my wife works at Calderon Guardia Hospital.

12 Responses to “Swine Flu Arrives in Costa Rica”

  1. Cy Bolinger on April 30, 2009 7:10 am

    How disgusting! That young lady should be quarantined in jail. Also, why are flights from Mexico not quarantined at the time of landing? Duh. Seems like the US and most other flu-involved countries are not willing to SERIOUSLY deal with the flu from an “isolation” standpoint. Besides, that would hurt the tourist industry as a whole. Hence, no border closings etc. Now, all of it has time on its side to infect and spread from person to person. Again, disgusting!
    Cy Bolinger

  2. Bob on April 30, 2009 10:05 am

    I keep hearing about the flu comming from Mexico, yet nobody seems to be pinpointing the area. Anybody know exactly where it started?

  3. Alice on April 30, 2009 11:56 am

    I’m hoping Swine Flu won’t come to much, because I’ve been training for an expedition to Costa Rica, that’s due to take place in July this year, and hope not to be disallowed into the country.

    I’m still suprised at how quickly it’s spreading, and how some people aren’t taking it particullarly seriously. (I agree, that woman is disgusting…)

  4. miguel on April 30, 2009 11:50 pm

    The masses duped again…What a distraction…Am I going to live through this swine flu…OMG…will things ever be the same? ROTFLMAO…JMHO

    PS Check out the 1976 swine flu scare…google it!

  5. Arturo Marroquin on May 1, 2009 1:42 am

    Ok everyone, just calm down, take a step back and look at what’s really going on. Tuberculosis kills 13,000 people a year. Swine flu: 109. Only one person has died in the US.

    Want the truth? Swine flu is a hoax operation created to put fear into people and have them accept whatever big gov’t want to do, which will probably mean more gov’t control over your life. Big Brother is lying again. Don’t fall for this people. Put it into perspective.

    Remember that the media’s main objective is to manipulate its viewers. So don’t allow yourself to be manipulated.

  6. Cris on May 2, 2009 7:08 am

    As usual there are numerou misinformation regarding this epidemic. There’s no need to close the borders. They have meds like Tamiflu and Relenza that have been effective against Swine Flu. Swine flu spreads to people in two ways. They can acquire the virus after being in contact with infected pigs or areas where the pigs have been – which is only likely to happen in Mexico – or they can catch it from an infected person. The disease spreads in the same way as human flu, when people inhale airborne particles from coughs and sneezes, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their nose or mouth. FYI There is growing evidence in California suggests that early flu cases had no apparent origin in Mexico. Many of the early California victims — including the first two cases — say they hadn’t traveled to Mexico and had no contact with pigs. Some may have fallen ill before the first Mexicans did. No the facts before you panic!

  7. BiLL on May 6, 2009 2:22 pm

    The Swine flu is over blown, a few people get sick. Here’s a question How many people were shot in San Jose last weekend…I’ll take my chances with the sick pig

  8. Juan on May 7, 2009 3:03 pm

    I’ll take the sick pig as well. good call. Seems like it’s dying down naturally too.

  9. miguel on May 7, 2009 5:22 pm

    Hmmm…I did post an apology for my post on April 30.
    As on a second thought on May 2…I felt perhaps others might feel I crossed that line that you mentioned on May 4…although I certainly was not intending to offend anyone posting concerning the subject of swine flu…but that the media along with governments played it to the max…but as yet have not seen it??? So if I did offend anyone my sincere apologies…It was not my intention to offend anyone one this Blog…#;-)

  10. Billy on May 10, 2009 8:05 am

    The average garden variety of flu in any given year kills 35,000 people in the United States. Over 200,000 people in the US suffer from the ailment every year. And that is only the ones the government tracks, many of us never go to a dr. when we are sick with the ailment, thus we are not counted. This is a manufactured media event. Wake up. And I will not apologize for revealing the truth.

  11. Wayne Cozzolino on July 24, 2009 11:17 am

    Well here it is July 24th and the Mission trip my group was going on into the Talamanca Region has been cancelled because of the outbreak. It appears several Bribri have come down with the flu and the mission team overseeing this area has decided to shut the mission down for our trip. There is however another mission team that will take us on but our group is somewhat concerned now with the outbreak. Please give me real info as to the severity of the situation as I too am somewhat looking at overzealousness of the news media in this outbreak. Anyone with REAL information please post.

  12. Tim on July 28, 2009 9:08 am

    There have been deaths here, of course, as there have been in the USA and many other countries. What people fail to do is look at the NUMBERS. I believe the total number of deaths in CR is around 30, but lets DOUBLE that number.

    Most had serious health issues, were smokers, had weight issues, etc. If 60 people out of 4.5 million did die of this flu, the PERCENTAGE is ridiculously low. Seems the number in the US was about 300 out of 300 million.

    EVERY flu kills people. This one is so blown out of proportion to reality as to make it a joke.

    It reminds me of this silly global warming crappola. Scare tactics to draw attention away from serious issues. I remember getting a ton of email after those 3 big hurricanes hit Florida 4 years ago… remember the dire warnings of SUPERcanes?? How every year Florida would get more horrific hurricanes until they were washed under? LOL!!!

    Anyway, if your group is old, out of shape, suffer respiratory issues, etc. best not to expose your self here or anywhere. If healthy and on the younger side, ignore the falling sky warnings.