11 August, 2022

The Omicron variant advances through Central America: Costa Rica confirmed its first case

Costa Rica confirmed the detection of the first case of the Omicron variant

The first patient with this diagnosis is a minor 8 year old. He is currently stable and under observation..

Costa Rica becomes the first Central American country to confirm the circulation of this new variant of covid-19.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Costa Rica – The Costa Rican Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday,19 December, the detection of the first case of the Omicron variant in a minor patient who traveled to the United States with his family.

According to health authorities, is a minor of 8 year old, from whom the sample was taken in a private hospital and genomic surveillance is performed, some of the symptoms were fever, body aches and malaise, He is currently stable and conducts isolation at home.

«We are working on the epidemiological investigation of the case and its contacts. Preliminarily, the information of a family travel history is handled, the first week of December, To united states", said the Minister of Health of Costa Rica, Daniel Salas.

A trip to the United States is the main antecedent of the contagion of the Omicron variant in the minor; the Costa Rican president calls on the population to complete vaccination schedules against COVID-19. Now the authorities are working on the epidemiological investigation of the case and the contacts it may have had.

Costa Rica becomes the first Central American country to confirm the circulation of this new variant of covid-19.

Likewise, the Costa Rican Government indicated that, This finding does not imply changes in the current measures and the implemented biosafety protocols..

The Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA) has confirmed the detection of the first case after the patient underwent a test after presenting symptoms.