Suspected Yaws in Costa Rica

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  • San Jose, Costa Rica, C. A.
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  1. 1.There exists in the zone of Coto and Golfo Dulce (boundary zone between Costa Rica and Panama) a dermatosis which is contagious with tendency towards an epidemic character.
  2. 2.The clinical and serological characters and the influence of the arsenical treatment leads one to believe that it it a spirochetosis.
  3. 3.The form of the papules, their color, their mode of evolution, make one think of yaws.
  4. 4.Failure to find the spirochete was probably due to the rather advanced state of the disease.
  5. 5.The cases of yaws herein described, if correctly diagnosed, appear to be the first to be reported from Costa Rica.