Posted by: Idioma Extra | November 29, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Costa Rica Combats Flu Season with 300.000 Vaccines


The 300.000 vaccines purchased by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) to combat the flu were due to arrive in Costa Rica this weekend, however, Ubaldo Carrillo Cubillo, the logistics manager for the CCSS, said that today the admission of the doses will be corroborated.

The doses were purchased through the Fondo Rotatorio de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud at a cost of US$900.000 that will be used to fight three viruses, most notably the AH1N1 that killed 60 people in Costa Rica.

The vaccine is for children and adults.

Cubillo said that during the next two weeks 30.000 children will be the first to receive the vaccine, followed by adults at a date yet to be determined.

Word of the day

Pronunciation: vak-seen
Origin: < NL ( variolae ) vaccīnae  cowpox (in title of E. Jenner’s treatise of 1798), equiv. to vacc ( a ) cow + -īnae,  fem. pl. of -īnus -ine1
1. any preparation used as a preventive inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous form of the disease agent, as killed or weakened bacteria or viruses, to stimulate antibody production.
2. the virus of cowpox, used in vaccination, obtained from pox vesicles of a cow or person.
3. a software program that helps to protect against computer viruses, as by detecting them and warning the user.
4. of or pertaining to vaccination.
5. of or pertaining to vaccinia.
6. of, pertaining to, or derived from cows.

More Vocabulary

Corroborate: v. to make more certain; confirm
Influenza (Flu): n. an acute, commonly epidemic disease, occurring in several forms, caused by numerous rapidly mutating viral strains and characterized by respiratory symptoms and general prostration
Notable: adj. prominent, important
Virus: n.
a viral disease



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